Art and Technoscience Studies: Objects, Process, Stoffa
Prof. Sha Xin Wei
This course introduces cultural and social perspectives from science and technology studies that can give teeth to art practices that engage technoscience.
This is a course with challenging readings and thrives on well-prepared in-class discussion. Students will make presentations in a choice of formats, in addition to writing short texts. This course offers students a chance to explore deeply some areas of literature, history, philosophy or cultural studies of science in relation to their practice.Objects, Process, Stoffa
How are objects -- physical, psychological, linguistic, time-based media, politico-social, ethico-aesthetic objects -- constituted in material, discursive, and media processes? As a corollary, we will be concerned with the emergence of abstraction as a result of these practices. What is process and how can we articulate processes? Approaching these questions materially motivates us to treat matter and media as dynamical substances suffused with value.
What happens to art practices when we attend to process instead of objects?
A concrete challenge for this class will be to imagine how to use our present technologies to construct shared social objects of joint concern. What that means is part of the subject of the class as well.
Readings will be drawn from...
You will be evaluated equally in two areas: (1) your in-class (and on-line) participation and presentations, (2) your final project and documentation.
Office: Skiles 19
Office Hours: F
(and by appointment)