4.S33 Unmanageability: Pathless realities and approaches

Instructors: Gabriel Kahan and Howie Chen

Over the last 40 years, new managerial technologies in Western democratic societies have emerged to dominate reality. Demands for autonomy and a creative life, which have been the touchstones for artistic endeavors, have been readily absorbed into management philosophies, becoming normative values for self-management and entrepreneurial innovation. Is this art’s triumph or demise? Can we imagine other worlds beyond our managed reality and propose forms of living not yet captured by the rationality of network capitalism? We will explore the “creative” figure and how it can shape renewed critical expressions in fields such as technology, design, science, philosophy, etc. Taking managerialism as a backdrop, we will examine how manifestations of art can access ungoverned courses of life — curricula vitae.

Additional work required of students taking the graduate version. Enrollment limited to 20 students.


  • Prereq: Undergraduates: permission of instructor (grad course # only)
    Units: 3-3-6
  • Schedule: M 7-10pm T 9:30am-12:30pm
    Location: e15-054