may 2014 – MIT Building 9 – Resonating MIT

bexley telephone artifact, glass, wood, metal, speaker

collaboration between Chelsea Southard and Nisa Ari

a handmade glass vitrine housing a speaker playing the bells sourced from the original telephone intercom system

the telephone artifact is mounted for viewing and a map of the dispersal of the bexley student body is displayed


Bexley Hall, built in 1912 at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, has been a dormitory at MIT since 1939. In May 2013 the Institute decided to close Bexley due to extensive structural damage and as of October it has been slated for demolition. The students who once called Bexley their home have been displaced to other dormitories on campus and many have sought off-campus housing. The conversation about whether Bexley culture will survive without its space is on-going.!home

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