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May 17, 2010
MIT Sea Grant collaborates with artist Tavares Strachan on his major solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center through July 11, 2010.
MIT SEA GRANT AND LIST VISUAL ART CENTER COLLABORATION
The List Visual Arts Center's residency program enables contemporary artists to engage with MIT’s students, faculty and staff to develop new ideas and new works of art. At the start of his residency, Strachan identified MIT Sea Grant as one of the programs and labs with which he was hoping to work. He was specifically interested in exploring the idea of creating an invisible autonomous or remotely operated vehicle from blown glass. MIT Sea Grant director, Chrys Chryssostomidis, met with Strachan in June of 2009 and introduced him to the engineers at the MITSG Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Lab. Research engineer, Mike Soroka, took the lead on Strachan’s glass submersible project.
CREATING THE GLASS ROV
The result of this collaboration, the glass ROV, titled Purplish Blue Light, 2010, is now on view through July 11 as part of Strachan’s major solo exhibition at the List, Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home (“Orthostatic” means to stand upright, and “tolerance” refers to the ability to withstand pressure). Combined, the phrase refers to the physiological stress that cosmonauts and deep-sea explorers endure while exiting, and re-entering our home, the thin surface of planet Earth. The vehicle floats and bobs in a glass tank of mineral oil as planned, its movement governed by live streaming data on wave period, frequency and amplitude from a NOAA buoy that is scaled for the size of the tank. Soroka commented of his experience working with Strachan, “I love doing this as it was an awesome challenge; it forced me to think about things you’ve always thought about in a new way, relative to the bigger picture.”
THE EXHIBITION AND RELATED PROGRAMS
ABOUT TAVARES STRACHAN
Support for Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home was provided to the List Visual Arts Center by The National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency, the Nimoy Foundation, the Council for the Arts at MIT, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Media sponsor: Phoenix Media/Communications Group.
For immediate release: May 13, 2010
Contact: Nancy Adams
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