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MIT+150: FAST (Festival of Art + Science + Technology): FAST LIGHT — Man studying alone on his Macbook at the library | by Chris Devers
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MIT+150: FAST (Festival of Art + Science + Technology): FAST LIGHT — Man studying alone on his Macbook at the library

More books than you could read in a lifetime and still the Macbook gets more attention. Typical.


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This photo ran in the September/October 2011 edition of The Economist magazine's More Intelligent Life, with Adrian Wooldridge article, Dr Dole Queue. THANK YOU!


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Quoting from the official pamphlet:


FAST LIGHT • May 7 + 8, 2011, 7 pm - 10 pm


Contemporary pioneers in art, science, and technology have come together at MIT to create one of the most exhilarating and inventive spectacles metro Boston has ever seen. On May 7 and 8, 2011, visitors can interact with 20+ art and architectural installations illuminating the campus and the Charles River along Memorial Drive at MIT. / fast


Installations scattered around campus (we didn't quite see all of them), again pasting from the official flyer:


• aFloat

MIT Chapel • Saturday, May 7th ONLY

Inspired by water in the Saarinen Chapel's moat, a touch releases flickers of light before serenity returns as a calm ripple.

By Otto Ng, Ben Regnier, Dena Molnar, and Arseni Zaitsev.


• Inflatables

Lobby 7, Infinite Corridor

A dodecahedron sculpture made of silver nylon resonates with gusts of air, heat from light bulbs, and the motions of passersby.

By Kyle Barker, Juan Jofre, Nick Polansky, Jorge Amaya.


• (now(now(now)))

Building 7, 4th Floor

This installation nests layers of the past into an image of the present, recursively intertwining slices of time.

By Eric Rosenbaum and Charles DeTar.


• Dis(Course)4

Building 3 Stair, Infinite Corridor

A stairwell transformed by a shummering aluminum conduit inspired by the discourse between floors and academic disciplines.

By Craig Boney, Jams Coleman and Andrew Manto.


• Maxwell's Dream

Building 10 Community Lounge, Infinite Corridor

An interactive mural created by magnetic fields that drive patterns of light, Maxwell's Dream is a visually expressive cybernetic loop.

By Kaustuv De Biswas and Daniel Rosenberg.


• Mood Meter

Student Center & Building 8, Infinite Corridor

Is the smile a barometer of happiness? Mood Meter playfully assesses and displays the mood of the MIT community onsite and at

By Javier Hernandez and Ehsan Hoque.


• SOFT Rockers

Killian Court

Repose and charge your electronic devices using green solar powered technology

By Shiela Kennedy, P. Seaton, S. Rockcastle, W. Inam, A. Aolij, J. Nam, K. Bogenshutz, J. Bayless, M. Trimble.


• LightBridge

The Mass. Ave Bridge

A dynamic interactive LED array responds to pedestrians on the bridge, illustrating MIT's ties to both sides of the river. Thanks to Philips ColorKinetics, CISCO, SparkFun Electronics.

By Sysanne Seitinger.


• Sky Event

Killian Court, Saturday, May 7th ONLY

Immense inflatable stars soar over MIT in celebration of the distinctive symbiosis among artists, scientists and engineers.

By Otto Piene.


• Liquid Archive

Charles River

A floating inflatable screen provides a backdrop for projections that highlight MIT's history in science, technology, and art.

By Nader Tehrani and Gediminas Urbonas.


• Light Drift

Charles River

Ninety brightly glowing orbs in the river change color as they react to the presence of people along the shore.

By Meejin Yoon.


• Unflat Pavilion

Building 14 Lawn

This freestanding pavilion illuminated with LEDs flexes two dimensions into three. Flat sheets are bent and unfurl into skylights, columns, and windows.

By Nick Gelpi


• Gradated Field

Walker Memorial Lawn

A field of enticing mounts create a landscape that encourages passersby to meander through, or lounge upon the smooth plaster shapes.

By Kyle Coburn, Karina Silvester and Yihyun Lim.


• Bibliodoptera

Building 14, Hayden Library Corridor

Newly emerged from the chrysalis of MIT's diverse library pages, a cloud of butterflies flutters above, reacting to the movement of passersby.

By Elena Jessop and Peter Torpey.


• Wind Screen

Green Building Facade, Bldg 54

A shimmering curtain of light created by micro-turbines displays a visual register of the replenishable source of wind energy.

By Meejin Yoon.


• String Tunnel

Building 18 Bridge

A diaphonous tunnel creates a sense of entry to and from the Infinite Corridor and frames the surrounding landscape.

By Yuna Kim, Kelly Shaw, and Travis Williams.


• voltaDom

Building 56-66 Connector

A vaulted passageway utilizes an innovative fabrication technique that creates complex double curved vaults through the simple rolling of a sheet of material.

By Skylar Tibbits.


• Night of Numbers

Building 66 Facade & E15 Walkway

A lighting installation enlivens MIT architectre with numbers that hold special or historical significance to the Institute. Can you decode them all?

By Praveen Subramani and Anna Kotova.


• Overliner

Building E-25 Stairwell

Taking cues from a stairwell's spiraling geometry, Overliner transforms a familiar and busy passageway into a moment of surprise and repose.

By Joel Lamere and Cynthia Gunadi.


• Chroma District

Corner of Ames and Main Streets.

Lanterns react to visitors by passing sound and color from one to another, increasing in intensity along the way and illuminating the path to MIT's campus.

By Eyal Shahar, Akito van Troyer, and Seung Jin Ham.

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Taken on May 8, 2011