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FAST Arts Festival kicks off

This weekend marks the start of MIT’s Festival of Art + Science + Technology (FAST), a series of events for MIT’s 150th anniversary, celebrating the Institute’s culture of creativity and invention.

From now through May, FAST will present an ongoing series of exciting performances, debates, and installations — punctuated by five special weekends designed to highlight MIT’s past, present and future.

The first weekend features:
  • Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom — This first major museum exhibition of work by media art pioneer Stan VanDerBeek explores his investigation of art, technology and communication. Thursday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. 
List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St.
  • "Hydriotaphia" by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner — a farce about wealth, engineering and desire. Presented by MIT Dramashop, directed by Janet Sonenberg, head of MIT Music and Theater Arts. Thursday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, Feb. 12. Little Kresge Theater, 48 Massachusetts Avenue.
  • Systems, Process, Art and the Social — a forum examining the influence of cybernetics and systems theory in art and design from the 1950s until today. Friday, Feb. 4, 1-5 p.m. 34-101, 50 Vassar St.
  • Music | MACHINES: Celebrating 50 years of Music and Technology at MIT — a full day and evening of events at the Media Lab. Discussions, demonstrations and performances reveal the astounding variety of future music work at MIT. Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Media Lab Complex, Bldg. E14, 6th Floor, 75 Amherst St.
For more information about the festival, visit the FAST website.

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