4.332/4.333 – (In)dependent People: Advanced Seminar in Networked Cultures and Participatory Media

Instructor: Gediminas Urbonas
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This seminar and studio course examines the ways in which art, design and technology can be leveraged to develop creative and tactical responses to critical ecological and socio-political issues in the public sphere. The subject conceptually deals with the nature of networked bodies in physical space and the “internet of things,” and the participatory media necessary both as a process and as an end-game for this subjectivisation. We will study the role of artistic interventions and tactical tools to support civic agency and participatory action as well as transform, disrupt or subvert changing urban, political and social conditions in critical ways. Readings will include those by Norbert Wiener, Critical Art Ensemble, Alain Badiou, Homi K. Bhabha, Elizabeth Grosz, et al.

The theme “(In)dependent People” relates to the 2012 Reykjavík Arts Festival, which is exploring the illusive territory around authorship and collaborative art practice. The notion of networked cultures and participatory media directly tie into this initiative, with the intent for the class to collaborate with local communities in Reykjavík producing a tactical media project or projects that will be deployed in Reykjavík and exhibited at the The Icelandic National Art Museum. As such, there is a mandatory travel component to the class, which will travel to Iceland during spring break. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll in the class. There will be an application process if the class is over-enlisted beyond its capacity of 9 students
Lab fee: $110

The subject will be organized around the design of the project for the Reykjavík Arts Festival, 2012. The festival, which has been curated by the likes of Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Olafur Eliasson in the last years, is being curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist around the theme of “(In)dependent People: Collaborations and Artists Initiatives” or the illusive territory around authorship and collaborative art practice. The notion of networked cultures and participatory media directly tie into this initiative, with the intent for the class to collaborate with local communities in Reykjavík producing a tactical media project or projects that will be deployed in Reykjavík and exhibited at the The Icelandic National Art museum. As such, it is integral to the class, with design research at the locale in question being a necessary component to the learning process.

 

 

 

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  • Prereq: U - Prereq: 4.330 or permission of instructor, G - level: Prereq: 4.330, 4.331, or permission of instructor
    Units: u: 3-3-3, g: units tba
    Lab Fee: 110
  • Schedule: MW 9:30-12:30
    Location: e15-283a