Art, Science and Social Practice with B. Stephen Carpenter II

October 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Arts at MIT

B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), and Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, will combine art, science and social practice to demonstrate how to enhance practices and possibilities for sustainability through socially engaged art and education.

During the fall term, Carpenter will provide new perspectives on issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis (particularly in Africa and Central America) through a series of seminars, performances and workshops. The series, entitled Intentionally Disruptive: Art, Responsibility and Pedagogy, will provide an opportunity for students, faculty and the MIT community to work with Carpenter and learn about his work and approach to socially-engaged art and education. He will also model how social practice (as action researchers, artists, educators and activists) offers possibilities to disrupt systems of oppression and ways to increase access to potable water in politically marginalized communities in the United States and abroad.

Working with the Environmental Policy and Planning Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Susskind will create a new module with OpenCourseWare, which will serve as the permanent site for the digital materials developed and presented in conjunction with Carpenter’s visits.

Carpenter joins an expansive roster of visiting artists in the visual and performing arts who have been engaged with the MIT community since the late 1960s.

Double Taking and Troublemaking: Socially Engaged Practice as Intentionally Disruptive Art
Lecture & Performance
Friday, October 6, 2017 / 2:00-4:00pm
MIT Building 9-255
Free and open to the public; registration encouraged.

Socially engaged art-making tactics can encourage the disruption of long-held cultural, social and historical assumptions. B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and the Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP), seeks to challenge conventional social, cultural and visual assumptions of teaching, discussing, and owning segregationist practices. This public lecture and performance will encourage individual and collective interpretations as we situate visual arts practices of troubling and disrupting images within a discourse of resistance and desegregation.