Mary Sherman

Mary Sherman is an artist and the director of the artists-run TransCultural Exchange. (She also teaches at Boston College and, in 2010, served as the interim Associate Director of MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology Program). She has received numerous grants and awards, including three Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants and been an artist-in-residence at a number of institutions, including MIT, Paris’ Cité des internationale des arts and the Taipei Artist Village. Her works have been shown at numerous institutions such as Montreal’s International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), Taipei’s Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, Shanghai’s Zendai MoMA, Trondheim’s Academy of Fine Arts, Boston’s ars libri, Nantes APO-33, and New York’s Trans Hudson Gallery.

Her practice is multi-disciplinary and explores how artistic media stimulate multiple senses and how this notion can result in works that open up new avenues of thought about art making and the aesthetic experience, including the dynamic between traditional, hands-on media and digital technology. Her resulting installations are durational and multi-sensory, triggered by their audience and composed for the spaces they occupy. They deal with the nature of human perception and with that, an understanding of the human condition. Recently, she has started to investigate how digital processing often expresses sensory experiences as discrete units as opposed to their analog counterparts – for instance, a digital recording of a violin vs. the sound produced by the same instrument – and whether these technologies’ binary translations are related to a growing polarization in society today.



Delay considers the notion of “delay” to demonstrate how paintings stimulate at least three senses: most overtly, the visual and more covertly and, perhaps, more indelibly, the aural and tactile. Click here for more info.

Bits, Sights & Sounds

Artist Mary Sherman and researcher Florian Grond have worked together over several years manifesting the conversation between painting and sound. The are joined by MIT Media Lab Tangible Bits director, Hiroshi Ishii to explore the relationship and connection of all our senses and which help us navigate and also find pleasure in our material world. The Tangible Media Group works to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation.