MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies Presents:
Waves and Signs, a conference and workshop on low-frequency vibration with a performance and dance party.
A project by Wendy Jacob with students and faculty from MIT and Gallaudet University, school for the deaf.
April 24 and 25, 2009
CAVS, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, N52-390, Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Meg Rotzel 617.253.4415
Acting as a silent speaker, a raised floor at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies will be activated to insert low-frequency vibrations into the space of architecture. The floor will be used alternately as a platform, instrument, and stage for an event in
In the first part, the floor will be used as a platform on which to hold a dialog (in speech and sign) between artists, designers, scientists and students. In the second part, the floor will be used as an instrument in a workshop on resonant vibrations. In the third part, the floor will become a stage for performances and a silent dance party. This project is part of an investigation of the politics of experience.
Signers and Speakers, Friday, April 24, 10 – 12, 2 – 5PM
Moderated by Wendy Jacob, artist/CAVS fellow
A dialog (in speech and sign) between artists, designers, scientists, students, speakers, and signers. Participants will touch on the range of human experience including deafness, and on acoustical engineering, especially resonance and sonic vibrations. All presentations will be interpreted in American Sign Language.
Presenters include :
Charlotte M. Reed, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, Understanding Speech through the Skin: An Overview of Research on Natural and Artificial Methods of Tactual Communication
Sheila Patek, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley,
Rumbling shrimp and rasping lobsters: vibration in the sea
Kelly Dobson, artist, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Resonating with Machines
Hansel Bauman, architect, Gallaudet University, Deaf Architecture: The Resonance of Place and the Senses
Michael Chorost, writer, From Bionic Ears to Bionic Brains: My Collision with Neurotechnology
A full listing is available