SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Oct. 9

Q&A with Seth Riskin

Seth Riskin SM ’89 came to MIT in 1986 to coach the women’s gymnastics team, before applying to the graduate program in Visual Studies at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). Today, Riskin is the manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, a new program that connects the unique learning opportunities of the MIT Museum to MIT research and education through experimental exhibition. In a recent interview, Riskin talks with CAST about teaching, his passion for vision, and his enlightening experience at CAVS which led to his inspiring relationship with Otto Piene. Arts at MIT.

Azraq refugees partner with designers to ‘invent solutions to their daily problems’
“Design for a Nomadic World,” an exhibition co-curated by ACT’s Azra Akšamija PhD ’11 as part of the Amman Design Week 2017, explores how art, architecture and design can address the needs of refugees, while fostering cross-cultural understanding and social cohesion between migrant and host communities. The project consists of several parallel projects involving the youth at the Azraq refugee camp, students and engineers from the GJU, and academics at MIT. "Design for a Nomadic World" is on view October 6-14, at the German Jordan University (GJU), Amman. Jordan Times.

M. Ehsan Hoque develops digital helpers that teach social skills
Media Lab alum M. Ehsan Hoque PhD ’13 is featured in ScienceNews for developing a new breed of digital helpers. Hoque and his team have developed a software for digital agents that recognize when a person is succeeding or failing in specific types of social interactions. Data from face-to-face conversations and feedback from professional counselors and interviewers with relevant expertise inform this breed of computer advisers.

Michael Rakowitz aims to connect cultures with art and a food truck

How does “Backstroke of the West,” the Michael Rakowitz solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, break the rules for an art show? The Chicago Tribune explores the new solo show by Michael Rakowitz SMVisS ’98, an exhibition that is in part about the connections between conflict and every-day life.

A garment that changed the course of modern fashion
The 3D-printed Kinematics Dress by Nervous System, co-founded by Architecture’s Jessica Rosenkrantz ’05, is featured in a MoMA exhibition on 111 garments that changed the course of Modern Fashion. Metropolis.

SA+P startups showcased at HUBweek Demo Day

Taking place on Saturday, October 14th, at Boston’s City Hall, HUBweek’s Demo Day will celebrate entrepreneurship in Greater Boston and showcase 100 early-stage startups with the greatest potential for impact. Demos will feature startups from SA+P community members including, Biobot Labs, Hosta Labs, and Placeful, In addition to the showcase, Demo Day will feature sessions on how to join, launch, and scale a startup. Learn more about HUBweek and explore the list of startups.

MITArchA fall activities

The MIT Architecture Alumni affinity group has a host of activities planned for fall 2017 including a brewery tour, Course IV fall social/Pecha Kucha in New York City, the ABX | Greenbuild happy hour reception, and the Alumni Student happy hour in the Long Lounge. Learn more