Image

Research advances that allow unprecedented views into biological processes. Clothes that compute and interact with the surrounding environment while cultivating a unique style. Pictures capturing the color of nouns, life at MIT, and the beauty of fluid dynamics. Members of the MIT community know a lot about image. Learn about their influence on the visual and image-conscious world and discover a path to surprising, delightful, and informative pictures.

Online Galleries

Professional juggler Peter Panic juggles three balls while delivering the closing remarks at the MIT Juggling Club's JuggleMania III show. Photo by Eric Schmiedl '09.

Professional juggler Peter Panic juggles three balls while delivering the closing remarks at the MIT Juggling Club's JuggleMania III show. Photo by Eric Schmiedl '09.

Hybrid images change with viewing distance
The pictures combine the low-spatial frequencies of one picture with the high spatial frequencies of another to produce an image whose interpretation changes with viewing distance. The hybrid series Eight Einsteins is currently on exhibit at the MIT Museum.

80 million tiny images, one visual dictionary
A mosaic visualization of all the nouns in the English language arranged by semantic meaning. Each of the mosaic's tiles is an arithmetic average of 140 images relating to one of 53,463 nouns, revealing the dominant visual characteristics of each word.

Illusions explore perception
The Perceptual Science Group at MIT researches human visual perception, machine vision, and image processing. View surprising illusions gauging motion and lightness perception.

Student photographer captures life at MIT
Eric Schmiedl '09 has an eye for all things MIT. Check out his photoblog for random passersby at 4:00 a.m. in Lobby 7 and a link to his hacks gallery and view his portfolio.

Illuminating art and science intersections
Felice Frankel, an MIT research scientist and Harvard senior research fellow, has won numerous accolades for her images that communicate complex ideas in science and technology. Watch an MIT World video of Frankel discussing science imagery, check out her latest book, Envisioning Science (MIT Press 2004), and view some images on an MIT Museum e-gallery, and from the Image and Meaning workshops she heads up.

A View from OpenCourseWare

The Film Experience
A collection of stills from and complete videos of early films, including the works of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Design for the Theater: Scenery
View student projects exploring different media and production styles for the symbolist opera Bluebeard's Castle and other productions.

Architecture Design: Cuba Studio
One gallery displays student projects exploring the issues surrounding the redesign of an area in Havana. The other documents the island and trip.

Strobe Project Laboratory
Photos and video demonstrations from this Edgerton Center course focusing on photography, electronic imaging, and light measurement.

Numeric Photography
An exhibition of student-created digital artworks from this Media Lab class that blend photography and computation in the context of scene-capture, image-play, and interaction.

Fluids strike dynamic poses
View the beauty of fluid in motion and water-walking insects.

Glass Lab artists reveal their fire
Learn how the magic happens in this photo essay by Andrea Silverman '05.

See The Tech's take
An assortment of recent images published in the student newspaper with links to articles.

Visiting artists enlighten the Institute
View work from the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, a fellowship program that incubates new ideas about art, science, and technology and their intersecting roles in society.

Revealing the essence of MIT
In a 2007 retrospective, MIT photographer Donna Coveney displayed pictures capturing the heart of the Institute for the past two decades. View a slide show of her work.

Send messages with an MIT flair
Looking to send a unique greeting? Try MIT e-postcards, with designs ranging from glass pumpkins to campus scenery to famous hacks.

Tech Showcases

A museum patron looks at part of the exhibit featuring the MIT Media Lab's City Car on opening night of the MIT Museum's new Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery.

A museum patron looks at part of the exhibit featuring the MIT Media Lab's City Car on opening night of the MIT Museum's new Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery.

Campus art abounds
Find a list of art galleries on campus as well as a full exhibit listing on the arts@MIT site.

MIT Museum expands with new gallery
The museum recently celebrated the opening of the Mark Epstein '63, SM '64 Innovation Gallery that includes MIT 360, a media-rich program and activity area.

The List reflects contemporary ideas
The List Visual Arts Center also offers a map of public art at MIT (pdf) and the Student Loan Art Program, which allows MIT students to borrow framed artwork. Also watch a video of Curator Bill Arning showcasing pioneering artists in digital media and installations and posing central questions about the effect of this art's reproducibility and ubiquity.

PLAZmA digital gallery
An electronic showcase of work and events on display on nine large monitors in the School of Architecture and Planning's public areas. Learn about submitting content.

MIT artists display range of aesthetics
View galleries of grad student, faculty, and alumni art from MIT's Visual Arts Program.

Art and image resources at MIT and beyond
The MIT libraries offer a list of image collections within MIT and elsewhere as well as online art resources.

Alumni Artists

Cerebral Flares of Unfathomable Influences by Todd Siler SM '81, PhD '86. Mixed media on synthetic canvas mounted on fractal-shaped wooden armature.

Cerebral Flares of Unfathomable Influences by Todd Siler SM '81, PhD '86. Mixed media on synthetic canvas mounted on fractal-shaped wooden armature.

Seth Weiner SM '02
NYC art disguised as tourist attraction

Weiner's myOpticon is a thermal imaging system in the guise of a common coin-op viewfinder. The device is situated in Manhattan's Bowling Green Park, where participants may view thermal images of people outside the U.S. Custom House. Watch videos of the installation.

Shelley Lake SM '79
Pioneering artist turns to healing

An award-winning photographer, Lake combines ultra-high-resolution digital photos with advanced, large-format Epson archival printers to create prints and panorama images of startling clarity and color fidelity.

Robert Emmett Mueller '48
An artful path through painful times

Mueller's drawings, paintings, and woodcuts fueled by his social consciousness have been acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art and by Berlin's Stadtmuseum.

Ben Wood SM '07
Alumnus revives Rivera's 1933 mural

For his MIT thesis, Wood put together a contemporary re-creation of Diego Rivera's mural Man at the Crossroads. He was invited to Mexico to create a version of it during events marking the 50th anniversary of Rivera's death.

James Prigoff '47
Former executive, now photographer, documents spray-can art

Prigoff has become a world-renowned photographer, author, and lecturer by capturing the abstraction, politics, class, and culture clashes in graffiti and murals.

Todd Siler SM '81, PhD '86
Adventures in ArtScience displayed at the National Science Foundation

Siler's art seeks relationships and deep connections between science and art where few were thought to exist.

C.E.B. Reas SM '01
Artist defines processes, translates them into images

Reas's process series is a system of instructions used to create software and images. He's also coauthor of Processing, A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (MIT Press 2007). Processing is an open source programming language and environment for creating images, animation, and interaction.

Maggie Orth SM '93, PhD '01
Alumna wins United States Artists grant

Orth won for her pioneering art focusing on electronic textiles, wearable computing, and interface design. She creates hanging 2-D fabric works that change color when touched.

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A bimonthly feature created by the MIT Alumni Association relating contemporary topics to personal life, work, and MIT culture. View the archive.

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Video

EveryScape virtual city walks
MIT alumni-designed software offers 3-D, 360-degree photorealistic tours of an area's sights and shops, including some business interiors. Users can explore beta versions of Boston, New York, Aspen, and Miami with other cities (including Cambridge) on the way. Everyscape also invites users to post images.

FutureBOSTON
A TV series is helping launch a major MIT project designed to help position Boston at the forefront of world-class cities of the future. The project will feature an online competition and offer participants the chance to propose solutions to issues affecting city life.

Online photo editing
A new website provides an innovative tool that expands and contracts images while minimizing distortion. Watch a video of how to easily remove someone from a photo.

Enzyme-DNA Interaction
Watch a protective enzyme unravel the DNA of a virus. Scientists can now observe such interactions in real time, a finding that could impact cancer research.

The Human Factor
This series of videos showcases MIT students' passions, personalities, and future goals as part of the Campaign for Students.

Video at MIT
A gateway to video resources at the Institute, including public lectures, course videos, and community-driven TechTV.

Image processing
See how a new data structure—the bilateral grid—enables real-time, edge-aware image processing, and download the source code from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Whitehead Institute
A series of videos about biomedical research including talks from the director's lecture series for non-scientists.

Image Deblurring
Learn how to remove camera shake from a picture.

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The vortical wake of a water strider. The strider transfers momentum to the fluid principally through dipolar vortices shed by its driving legs. It generates thrust by rowing, using its legs as oars, and the meniscii beneath its driving legs as blades. Photo: David Hu, Brian Chan, and John Bush, MIT Department of Mathematics.

The vortical wake of a water strider. The strider transfers momentum to the fluid principally through dipolar vortices shed by its driving legs. It generates thrust by rowing, using its legs as oars, and the meniscii beneath its driving legs as blades. Photo: David Hu, Brian Chan, and John Bush, MIT Department of Mathematics.

Fashion & Style

Designed to look like a normal scarf, taptap provides extra warmth and comfort by simulating the touch of a loved one. Flexible touch circuits placed in modular pockets within the scarf record and play back the pressure of touch, the warmth of contact, or the percussion of a friendly tap. Design by Leonardo Bonanni; Jeff Lieberman '00, SM '04, SM '06; Cati Vaucelle SM '02; and Orit Zuckerman SM '06. Photo by Leonardo Bonanni.

Designed to look like a normal scarf, taptap provides extra warmth and comfort by simulating the touch of a loved one. Flexible touch circuits placed in modular pockets within the scarf record and play back the pressure of touch, the warmth of contact, or the percussion of a friendly tap. Design by Leonardo Bonanni; Jeff Lieberman '00, SM '04, SM '06; Cati Vaucelle SM '02; and Orit Zuckerman SM '06. Photo by Leonardo Bonanni.

Wear your style on your sleeve
MIT Media Lab grad students are coproducing the third Seamless: Computational Couture fashion show and interactive installation of technologically experimental clothing at Boston's Museum of Science on Jan. 30, 2008. View galleries and video from the first two shows, including MIT designers' work. Other Media Lab researchers also explore socially intelligent wearables.

Nerdcore turns geeks into hip-hop freaks
Dan Maynes-Aminzade SM '03, who records as Monzy, is part of a growing number of nerdcore hip-hop artists rapping about computer science, studying for classes, video games, and comic books. Watch a video of Monzy in action.

A fashion guide for every MIT major
A quick guide presented in decreasing order of fashion consciousness that helps answer pressing questions such as, is it necessary to change clothes every time the sun rises or just when you wake up?

The fashion game hits the virtual world
Even casual, free-to-play online games have become an opportunity for self-expression through fashion, with users paying fees to outfit avatars with a sense of style.

Once a geek, always a geek?
Three MIT alumni have now joined casts of the reality TV show Beauty and the Geek for a chance to polish their images and maybe win some money. Did the experience change them? Read the Tech's interviews with Ankur Mehta '03, SB '04, MNG '04, Matthew Herman '06, and John Gardner '07.

OpenCourseWare: Techno-identity
A media arts and sciences course investigating "who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others," including how fashion affects cultural identity.

Designer and businesswoman makes her mark on fashion industry
As founder, designer, and chief merchandising officer of an online lingerie company, Juli Lee '89 is targeting an overlooked yet formidable market force: women 35 to 55. Her designs have even been seen on ABC's Desperate Housewives.

Alumni step into fashion shoe biz with Insolia
Brian G.R. Hughes '77, Paul Rudovsky '66, and other MIT alumni have helped women find comfort in the least likely of places: high heels. A consumer version of Insolia inserts have recently been released to the public.

Tattoo not so cool the morning after?
Scientists have developed safe, permanent, yet easily removable tattoo inks designed to be erased with just one laser treatment.

One giant leap for space fashion
Even astronauts can look hip in this sleek spacesuit of the future.

When a little black dress just won't do
What does one wear to an anything but clothes party? Laura N., a junior blogger for the Admissions Office, shows off her duct tape dress while a friend models a design inspired by a computer printout.

Looking cool is not just for the young
For some, the ultimate in style is a red jacket they wait 50 years to purchase.

Finding the essence of style
Check out the threads designed for San Francisco-based clothing label Distilled by Media Lab alumnus Jeevan Kalanithi SM '07.

Visual Readings

The Digital Water Pavilion will feature curtains of water for its walls, which can be programmed to display images or words. Image by carlorattiassociati--Walter Nicolino and Carlo Ratti with Carlo Bonicco.

The Digital Water Pavilion will feature curtains of water for its walls, which can be programmed to display images or words. Image by carlorattiassociati—Walter Nicolino and Carlo Ratti with Carlo Bonicco.

MIT architects design water-walled building
The building's liquid curtain walls display text and images and automatically part for approaching objects.

Viewing the body in 3-D

MIT team takes high-res eye images
In work that could improve diagnoses of many eye diseases, MIT researchers have developed a new type of laser for taking high-resolution, 3-D images of the retina.

Seeing a brain tumor inside and out
New operating-room software that renders brain tumors in 3-D allows surgeons to see which brain fibers are engulfed by the tumor.

Living cells studied in native state
A new imaging technique developed at MIT's Spectroscopy Lab has allowed scientists to create the first 3-D images of a living cell, detailing a cell's functional activities without using fluorescent markers or contrast agents. So far, researchers have imaged cervical cancer cells and C. elegans, a small worm.

MIT IDs binocular vision gene
MIT researchers have identified the gene responsible for melding images from two eyes into one useful picture in the brain. The work could lead to new treatments for certain sensory disorders.

Model helps researchers see brain development
A team of MIT researchers and others has developed a way to image and track the folds of the outermost layer of the brain in large mammals, a region whose functional significance has baffled neuroscientists. The work could aid in understanding the development of neurological disorders such as autism.

Physicists get ultra-sharp glimpse of electrons
MIT physicists have developed a spectroscopy technique that allows them to inspect the world of electrons in a 2-D plane with 1,000 times greater resolution than previous methods allowed.

OpenCourseWare

Representation and Modeling for Image Analysis
An electrical engineering and computer science course that looks at the algorithms in computer vision and image analysis.

Literary Interpretation—Literature and Photography: The Image
A literature course that introduces the practice and theory of criticism of poetry, prose, and film.

The Making of a Roman Emperor
A history course investigating the ways Roman emperors used art, architecture, coinage, and other media to create and project an image of themselves and how the surviving literary sources reinforced or subverted that image.

Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine
A nuclear science and engineering course focused on the theory and application of noninvasive imaging methods used in biology and medicine, with emphasis on neuroimaging.

Visualizing Cultures aids historical understanding
Currently focusing on Japan and Asia in the modern world, Visualizing Cultures is a series of educational units that view history through the actual images depicted for mass audiences at the time from various national, cultural, racial, ideological, and individual perspectives.

Living in two worlds
The Media Lab's Dual Reality Lab uses a sensor/ actuator network to merge the real world with a virtual one in Second Life. The two lab spaces reflect, influence, and leak into each other.

Planet Perspectives

High-res images herald new era in Earth sciences
MIT researchers and others have used a technique akin to ultrasounds and CAT scans to image the core-mantle boundary some 1,800 miles below the Earth's surface and reveal unexpected details of the planet's internal structure.

Imaging the surface of Mars
Scientists can now see features of Mars' surface invisible to other instruments by using a new spectrometer with a spatial resolution up to 100 times higher than previous instruments.

Satellite images catch human-rights violations
Activists are turning to the skies to substantiate claims that the Burmese military is razing villages of ethnic minorities and herding people into areas under tighter military control.

MIT World: The Perfect Lens—Resolution Beyond the Limits of Wavelength
Sir John Pendry offers insights into the physics of light and the surprising concept of negative refraction.