an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Thanks to MIT for linking to the MIT News video about IAP that features Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, that was a nice touch for the kickoff of the 50th anniversary session!
(see one of our students hitting Ingrid Wangsvik’s beadwork with UV light at the 30 second mark)
Going back to MIT (in spite of the difficulties of winter + pandemic) will be a great happiness for me, and it’s all possible because of the vision of the Independent Activities Period (IAP). Read about it here.
IAP is a special term at MIT that gives students, faculty and staff the liberty to explore ideas and classes that enrich them. It’s like a refreshment in the academic year, and people are invited in from the outside world to have the chance to teach on their campus. We began coming to IAP at the invitation of Marty and Erik Demaine, and loved it so much we’ve kept coming back. This coming January (even if we are still wearing masks) CGB will be back on campus, fielding a joint session with our science teams.
I love this photo from our very first 2016 session (the one in the video) of Kim Van Antwerp coming through the main doors on Mass Ave. What a rock star.
Because we can’t gather in person until we get the pandemic under control, this session will be MIT-only, but the good news is that now everyone knows how to do virtual work, and all of the talks will be shown live and archived to watch later at any time.
We will be designing and hanging a massive art exhibit that will span our entire auditorium, and Sam Norgard, Kathryn Shriver, Nico Williams and I will be presenting the ideas from our new academic textbook for the first time. The neat thing about IAP is that anyone can attend the classes, so professors, post-docs and grad students (people who are normally too busy to collaborate) often show up in our classroom. Who knows who we will get to talk to? I’m hopeful that Gabi Meyer will come in from UMadison as well, it was so inspiring to meet her and see her crocheted hyperbolic work when we went to the Bridges conference in Linz, in 2019.
Several cherished members of our science team and joined this way. I am a person who was frustrated and undernourished by school from kindergarten through college, so you can imagine what a treat it is for me to feel so at home on this campus. I’m so grateful that they have this program, and I hope you join us online during the period January 18-23 for our classes.
I’ll keep you posted as we go along, and I only wish I could invite everyone to come personally, as usual. It will be a magical space to drop our textbook, though, and maybe in addition to a near-silent campus there will be snow. By the grace of a friend, this year we are borrowing an apartment that stands at the Boston base of the bridge to MIT. It’s the bridge that cracked my head, the bridge that Houdini went off of chained, into the freezing river, the bridge I’ve walked over so many times with so many different people.
Onward and upward!