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The György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology is a joint initiative of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT), tranzit.org, and ERSTE Foundation. It takes its name from the famous Hungarian-born painter, designer, educator and art theorist György Kepes (1906 – 2001). Kepes emigrated to the USA in 1937 and founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1967, where he was as a professor.
The György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology endows outstanding scientists, artists, architects, cultural practitioners with a stipend of four to five months, enabling them to realise innovative projects within the highly stimulating and singular context of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Fellowships can be awarded to candidates who are from, or whose practices are based in, Central and South Eastern European countries.
The objective of the project is to support the scholarship and/or artistic practice/research of fellows. Outcome could include making the results accessible to others, and to serve as a catalyst for future collaborations. A central point of the fellowship is the knowledge transfer back to CEE. Therefore the fellows will give public lectures/presentations when they return home, e.g. in collaboration with their home institutions, universities, the tranzit.org network and ERSTE Foundation.
A Kepes fellow is an outstanding scientist, artist, architect, cultural practitioner whose work fits into the CAVS legacy, who is interested in art at the intersection of science and technology; or who proposes work related to Kepes’ tenure at CAVS, including research into archiving/documentation methodologies. The focus is on fellows whose practice is based in Eastern European countries as the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. has continuous ties to the region and its avant-garde movements.
Massachussetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT)
Photo by: Ivan Massar, from Black Star (courtesy of György Kepes Foundation, Eger, Hungary)