Tunnel Vision: The Borderline Mural Project at MIT

Tunnel Vision: The Borderline Mural Project at MIT

thing about art is getting to share that joy of
what you do with other people. I took this art studio class
at MIT, and on the first day the teacher asked the
students, “Why are we here?”, and a lot of them had
really similar answers. I was basically, I used
to do art in high school and I want to continue
it here now at MIT, but I didn’t really
have the chance. So, I wanted to make this
project where other MIT students could do that same
thing, where they could really do art and have other
people appreciate it, and get involved and find
happiness out of that. [MUSIC PLAYING] JULIA RUE: The Borderline is
a project where we’re really trying to get the MIT
community involved with art in a kind of informal way. It was open to MIT students
to just paint a mural that they want, and
have in a public space so other people could really
enjoy it and interact with it. JESSIE WANG: There’s definitely
a lot of artists on campus that contribute a
lot to the community that I guess you just don’t
really hear about because they do it on their own. When we were looking
for submissions for this project we’ve
got so many from people that we didn’t even know
were doing art on campus. EMMA DESOTO: I’ve never done
really anything visual before, but I do have this background
in mechanical engineering where I’m used to
building things and trying to make things look good,
and work, and be very thorough in all my details. It was really cool
to be able to apply that in a very different
way than I have before. JULIA RUE: I’ve done
only one mural before, but I look around all
the time and see things as a blank canvas. So the tunnels were an obvious
choice, to me at least. It not only livens
up this place, but it really makes
it a destination. JESSIE WANG: When you
think about a mural, you usually think about a two
dimensional flat piece of work, so for this project we decided
to add an augmented reality component to it. We made an app where
if you take your phone and you look at
the mural with it, you’ll see hidden animation
start playing across it. So, it’s no longer a
still piece of artwork, it’s an animated piece of work
that also exists on its own as a 2D mural if you
don’t have the app. EMMA DESOTO: It was really cool
to be part of this project that started from nothing and
made something very real, and something very tangible, you
can go down there and see it. JESSIE WANG: This
kind of kick-started having more student art
that’s large on campus, and it would be great if this
project itself could continue, if we could maybe use
more space in a tunnel, or white wall over this
and use the same space. Either way, I think
it’s just really great. I hear so many people
talking about how they’re so happy the tunnels
have something in them now. JULIA RUE: All these people
come from such different backgrounds, we have
freshmen who are in biology, and we have seniors who
are mechanical engineers. I think it just goes
to show that there’s a lot of cool things that MIT
people can do that they don’t really have a chance to
showcase besides engineering and their classes and stuff. So, this is like a
little outlet for them to showcase the other
sides of themselves.

26 thoughts on “Tunnel Vision: The Borderline Mural Project at MIT

  1. That is very beautiful <3 But I really thought this had to do Bordeline People (that mental health problem)

  2. whether the app available in Google play store? Will the app show the animations when seeing mural images shown on this youtube video , or will it work with only the actual/real murals?


  4. Gosh, wouldn't it be nice of there were a dorm where people could be artistic and paint a mural with their friends? A place where you could be yourself and be accepted for who you are?

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