RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 005 Digital Visual Culture
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Every two minutes, Americans take more photos than were printed in the entirety of the 19th century. In 2014 alone people took over one trillion pictures. As citizens of a brave new digital world, we are increasingly called upon to produce images and to be produced as images—to willingly make ourselves into technologies of surveillance of our lives and those around us. How has the everyday ubiquity of digital technologies, from smart phone cameras to NSA surveillance, transformed the way we look and how we are seen? In an era saturated with screens, from Facetime to Google images to Snapchat, we increasingly experience and negotiate the world through a digital frame.

This course explores what it means to examine our contemporary digital condition through its native visual vernacular (fashion blogs, selfie sticks, Instagram feeds, gifs, pirated videos), its popular representations in popular fiction and reality TV, its role in the operations of state and corporate power and as tools for activism, and its relationship to shaping contemporary art practices. Together we’ll ask:

  • How have digital technologies spurred and capitalized on our desire to be seen?
  • How has the Internet given rise to new practices, whether in everyday life or experimental art?
  • If to be is to be visible today, how might we confront the pleasures and risks of the digital traces we leave in our wake?

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
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30811
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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30812
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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22692
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W 5:30PM - 8:30PM
005 (SEM)
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30815
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30826
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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22805
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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23817
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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29241
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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