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'Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home'

A microscopic landscape features a house as if it were seen from an immense distance. A hand-blown Pyrex™ glass sea rover communicates with a buoy in the waters off Nassau, The Bahamas, mimicking its ocean-based movements in a tank filled with 100 gallons of mineral oil. A short-range centrifuge in MIT’s Man Vehicle Laboratory serves as the subject for an infrared film depicting the thermal signature of a body spinning in motion.

These three artworks currently on view at the MIT List Visual Arts Center were produced as the result of a year long artist’s residency that brought together an eclectic group of MIT scientists, engineers, and graduate students with Bahamian-born, New York-based artist Tavares Strachan.

Strachan has been exploring space and deep-sea training since 2006 as part of a larger multi-phase body of work he calls Orthostatic Tolerance, a medical term that refers to the human body’s ability to adapt to hypotension under gravitational stress.

The List Visual Arts Center’s exhibition, Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home, presents a diverse range of work that negotiates the borders between art, science, and engineering.

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