On a one-night-only spectacle on Dec. 10, Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) Fellow John Malpede will “remix” texts — generated on MIT’s campus in 2009 — about the financial crisis. The event, in the new MIT Media Lab (E14, 75 Amherst St.) lobby at 7:30 p.m., will be performed in front of a two-story collapsing house of cards built and operated by MIT undergraduates from Wendy Jacob’s 4.301 Visual Arts class. The event provides glimpses of our possible financial futures, and Malpede promises a “100 percent nonthreatening participatory event” where the audience reads portions of MIT economist Simon Johnson’s article, “The Quiet Coup,” while the performers perform others. A video component of the installation was made by Mary Ellen Strom, Daniel Cevellos and Jim Rigler from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with MIT’s Robert Oschorn.
December 10, 2009