Kinetic Art

  • June 4, 2014
  • By Anya Ventura     
MIT students create original kinetic art for display in MIT Museum.


It all begins with a feeling. For their first exercise at the beginning of the spring semester, students in “Exhibiting Science” (STS.035) — a class in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society — were instructed to write on a Post-it note their response to the question, “How does it feel to start a new semester at MIT?”

Each student then had to design a kinetic sculpture that used movement to embody their described feeling — whether of fear, anticipation, or excitement. Using everything from bamboo to rubber bands to foam, students built kinetic art that translated energy into motion — either through force of gravity or elasticity of a material — to convey something about the contents of the human heart.

“Exhibiting Science” is taught by MIT Museum Director John Durant and Museum Studio Co-Directors Seth Riskin and Allan Doyle. The theme this spring derives from the MIT Museum’s 5000 Moving Parts, an exhibition of kinetic sculptures, curated by Laura Knott, and featuring artists Anne Lilly, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, John Powers, Takis, and Arthur Ganson, in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella.

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