AMCULT 601 - Topics in American Studies
Section: 001 Digital Aesthetics and Resistance
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How does digital culture shape art and politics? Digital technologies have marked a seismic shift in our conceptions of power as it has become increasingly discreet, diffuse, and participatory. This transformation in the nature of power has posed significant challenges to traditional ways of envisioning radical art and politics as gestures of transgression and refusal inherited from 20th-century avant-garde aesthetics and revolutionary politics appear short-lived and easily co-opted. This course explores how the digital has influenced a new generation of digital artists and interventionists. It surveys politico-aesthetic practices in the post-digital era, with particular attention to artists and theorists engaged in experimental and minoritarian traditions. Among these include Gilles Deleuze, Hito Steyerl, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum, and Simone Browne, as well as artists such as The Yes Men, Critical Art Ensemble, Zach Blas, Ubermorgen, Lauren McCarthy, Carbon Defense League, Trevor Paglen, and Sondra Perry. Together we’ll confront the shifting ground of art and politics in a landscape of obfuscation, culture jamming, hacktivism, and tactical media to ask what strategies of resistance and refusal remain imaginable today.

AMCULT 601 - Topics in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 11:00AM - 2:00PM
002 (LEC)
Th 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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