Creating art for social transformation

Ekene Ijeoma

Poetic Justice is looking for applicants who are passionate about breaking down the complexities of social issues and building up visibility, accountability, and solidarity around them. The lab will do this artistically, technologically, culturally, ethically, emotionally and spiritually. Applicants should have backgrounds in at least one of the following: interaction design, information design, architectural design, industrial design, graphic design, music, performance, film, software engineering, hardware/electrical/mechanical engineering, writing/journalism, storytelling, and community organizing/activism. Although not required, we’re particularly interested in applicants who have previous professional experience.

Some of the first projects from The Poetic Justice group include The Green Book Project (working title) and The Scream Project (working title). The Green Book Project will be a series of publications and interactive installations which reimagine the Negro Motorist Green Book for “traveling while Black” in this era of “New Jim Crows.” The Scream Project will be a series of publications and interactive installations which revive the Teotihuacan folklore/ritual of women practicing catharsis in the pyramids to contemporary urban spaces. 

Fall applicants must submit an application to the Program in Media Arts and Sciences here by December 1st.  We’re no longer requiring ‘open call’ forms from interested applicants. However, we are requiring that applicants respond to the prompts below in the "Statement of Objectives" for their Program in Media Arts and Sciences application.

  1. Why are you interested in Poetic Justice?*
  2. What social, political and/or cultural issues are you interested in?*
  3. How can your educational, professional and/or personal experiences be related to Poetic Justice?*
  4. What are you planning to research and develop while in school?*
  5. What are 3 of your professional goals in the next 5 years?
  6. What are 3 of your personal goals in the next 5 years?
  7. Who are 2-3 of your favorite creatives, technologists and etc?
  8. What are 2-3 of your favorite projects?
  9. What are 2-3 of your favorite community groups, organizations, foundations and etc?
  10. Is there anything else you what to share with us?

*Required

The ‘open call’ form was meant to help us learn more about you before applying. So if you’re still interested in telling us more about yourself before applying please email your responses to cuscaden@media.mit.edu. 

We’ve been receiving a lot of interest and may be able to respond before December 31st. We’ll be announcing a few in-person and online office hours with Ekene Ijeoma soon. Please send all questions  cuscaden@media.mit.edu. Answers will gradually be added to an FAQ page.