Fall 2012 Thursdays 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The LINK, Perkins Library 2-060, Classroom 1

Timothy Lenoir
Kimberly J. Jenkins Chair for
New Technologies in Society
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Smith Warehouse Bay 11 Rm. A231
919-668-1952 (office)
Office hours: TBD
Course email list: TBD

Patrick Herron
Research Analyst/Technologist
Jenkins Collaboratory
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Smith Warehouse Bay 11 Room A-232
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Office hours: By appointment



Geneaologies of the Experimental
Fall 2012 Thursdays 1:30-4:00 PM
The LINK, Perkins Library 2-060, Classroom 1

The course explores the construction of selected avant-garde, underground, alternative, counter culture and experimental practices in the theoretical context of artist's manifestos and writings, as well as in the related secondary and tertiary literature from the humanities and social sciences to sciences, with special attention to critical literature in art history and cultural and visual studies. Students will examine such artistic production in the context of modernist and poststructuralist theories and methodologies from formalism to postmodernism, postcolonial theory, and current twenty-first century approaches. Students will articulate a personal and/or group relationship to the current potentials of the "experimental" through multiple practice- based assignments..

Instructors: Timothy Lenoir and Patrick Herron

Download syllabus (pdf; REVISED 04 Sept 2012 @ 11:50 AM)

Week 1: Thurs. September 1

  • Mindmapping with Bill Seaman

  • Week 2: Thursday September 6
    The Culture Industry

  • Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." In Illuminations: Essays and Reflections, 217-251. New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1968.

  • Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception." In Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2002, pp. 94-136.

  • Jürgen Habermas, Sara Lennox, and Frank Lennox, "The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article (1964)." New German Critique, no. 3 (1974): 49-55.

  • Week 3: Thursday September 13
    The Found, The Retrieved: Surrealism and the Database Aesthetic

    This week's presenters (2): Patrick LeMieux (Guest Speaker) & Malina Chavez-Shannon

  • Dziga Vertov, Kino-Eye: The Writings of Dziga Vertov. Berkeley ; University of California Press, 1995, Annette Michelson, ed., "We: Variant of a Manifesto," pp. 5-9; "The Birth of Kino-Eye," pp. 40-42; "Kino-Eye," pp. 60-79.

  • Lev Manovich, "Database as Symbolic Form." Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 5, no. 2 (1999): 80-99.

  • Bill Seaman, "Recombinant Poetics and Related Database Aesthetics." In Database Aesthetics, Victoria Vesna, ed., Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007, pp. 121-141.

  • Marcel Duchamp, "The Bride's Veil; the 1914 Box; the Green Box; a L'infinitif; the Great Trouble with Art in This Country; the Creative Act; Apropos of 'Readymades'." In The Writings of Marcel Duchamp, edited by Michel Sanouillet and Elmer Peterson, 13-21; 22-25; 26-71; 74-101; 123-126; 138-140; 141-142. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973.

  • "Typography." From The Dada Companion.

  • Film: Kino-Eye, dir. Dziga Vertov

  • Film: Un Chien Andalou, dir. Luis Buñuel, 1929.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-CC6xdcpCM (link may change)

  • Week 4: Thursday September 20

    This week's presenters (2): Kristin Bedford

  • Guy Debord, "Preface; Separation Perfected; the Commodity as Spectacle." In The Society of the Spectacle, 7-10; 11-17; 29-31. New York: Zone Books, 1995.

  • Guy Debord, Gil J. Wolman. "A User's Guide to Detournement." From The Situationist International Anthology, 2006. Trans. Ken Ken Knabb. Originally appeared as "Mode d'emploi du détournement" in Les Lèvres Nues, #8, May 1956.
    Downloaded 27 July 2011 from http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/detourn.htm.

  • Yes Men:
    "WTO Announces Formalized Slavery Model for Africa," http://gatt.org/wharton.html;
    "GWBush.com," http://web.archive.org/web/20000301041305/http://www.gwbush.com/

  • Video: Vito Acconci, excerpt from The Red Tapes, 1976.

  • Week 5: Thursday September 27
    Fluxus, Cage, Warhol

    Guest speaker: Professor Scott Lindroth

    This week's presenters (3): Runa A., Amanda Berg, and Shanshan Wang

  • Video: John Cage on "I've Got a Secret." (YouTube)

  • Kristine Stiles, "Between Water and Stone: Fluxus Performance." In In the spirit of fluxus, (eds.) Janet Jenkins, Elizabeth Armstrong, Joan Rothfuss. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1993. (Page range unknown; approx. 35pp.)

  • Kristine Stiles, "Uncorrupted Joy: International Art Actions." In Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979, Paul Schimmel Edition, 1998, pp. 227-329.

  • Ken Friedman, editor. "'A Spirit of Large Goals': Fluxus, Dada, and Postmodern Cultural Theory at Two Speeds", pp.172-180, from The Fluxus Reader, Chichester, UK: Academy Editions, 1998.

  • John Cage, "The Future of Music: Credo; Experimental Music; Indeterminacy; to Describe the Process of Composition Used in Music of Changes and Imaginary Landscape No. 4; History of Experimental Music in the United States; Four Statements on the Dance;." In Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage, 3-6; 7-12; 35-40; 57-59; 67-75; 89-97. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.

  • Caroline A. Jones, "Andy Warhol's Factory, Commonism, and the Business Art Business." In Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist, Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1996, pp. 189-267.

  • Steven Shaviro. "Warhol's Bodies." Chapter VI from The Cinematic Body. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993, pp.201-239.

  • Black Mountain College:

  • "To George With Love," from the George Maciunas Foundation blog, http://georgemaciunas.com/?page_id=236

  • Networking Chance: "A Global Situation Involving the Possibility of People Everywhere and Anywhere," October 8-10, 2010, by John Held, Jr.: http://georgemaciunas.com/?page_id=1319

  • Video: John Cage, "Variations V," with Merce Cunningham, 1965, http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/variations-v/video/1/

  • Audio: John Cage - Roaratorio, Music For Prepared Piano, A Chance Operation: A John Cage Tribute

  • Week 6: Thursday October 4
    Marshall McLuhan

    This week's presenters (2): Rachel Boillot & Sarah Garrahan

  • Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994, pp. 3-61.

  • Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage. Madera, CA: Gingko Press, 2001.

  • Mark Andrejevic, "2. The Promise of the Digital Revolution; 3. Rediscovering Reality; 8. Conclusion: The Reality of Participation." In Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched, 23-60; 61-94; 215-28. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

  • Jay David Bolter, and Richard Grusin, "Remediation." Configurations 4, no. 3 (1996): 311-58. Downloaded from http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/configurations/v004/4.3bolter.html on 18 September 2011.

  • William Burroughs, "Mind War." In The Adding Machine: Selected Essays. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1993. pp. 150-152.

  • Clips of Marshall McLuhan on television: "The World is a Global Village (CBC TV)," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeDnPP6ntic; "Marshall McLuhan on the TODAY Show," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8jej3j5vA

  • Audio: Marshall McLuhan on The Dick Cavett Show, December 1970. Downloaded from UBUWEB, 01 August 2011 at http://www.ubu.com/sound/mcluhan.html.

  • Week 7: Thursday October 11

    This week's presenters (2): You-Jin Kim

  • Charles Jencks, "Introduction: The New Paradigm in Architecture; The Death of Modern Architecture; Post-Modern Architecture; Complexity Architecture." In The New Paradigm in Architecture: The Language of Post-Modernism. 1-24; 53-96; 207-234. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

  • Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: a Report on Knowledge, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press, 1985, pp. 3-67.

  • David Harvey, "2. Modernity and Modernism; 3. Postmodernism; 6. POSTmodernism or PostMODERNISM? 10. Theorizing the Transition." In The Condition of Postmodernity, 10-38; 39-65; 113-20; 173-188. Oxford/Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1989.

  • Frederic Jameson, "Postmodernism: Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism." New Left Review 146, no. July-August (1984): 53-92.

  • Jean Baudrillard, "Simulations and Simulacra," in Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster. Stanford; Stanford University Press, 1988, pp. 166-184.

  • Film: Moon, dir. Duncan Jones, 2009.

  • Film: Blade Runner, dir. Ridley Scott, 1982 (Final Cut, 2007)

  • Week 8: Thursday October 18

    Week 9: Thursday October 25
    The Camera is the Picture

    This week's presenters (2): Caitlin Kelly & Malina Chavez-Shannon

  • Roland Barthes. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, pp 3-10; 25-32; 76-89; 106-107; 115-119. New York: Hill and Wang, 1980.

  • Susan Laxton. "Flou: Rayographs and the Dada Automatic." October. Winter 2009, No. 127: pp. 25-48.

  • "Man Ray: 12 Rayographs," George Eastman House Still Photograph Archive 12 Selected Images. Downloaded from http://www.geh.org/amico2000/htmlsrc/index.html 31 July 2011.

  • James Udden, "Child of the Long Take: Alfonso Cuarón's Film Aesthetics in the Shadow of Globalization" Downloaded on 31 July 2011.

  • Eroll Morris, "The Anti-Post-Modern Post-Modern," Talk.
  • Errol Morris's Interrotron:

  • Interview with Errol Morris on the Interrotron: http://www.markorton.com/in-depth-essays-commentaries/the-interrotron/

  • A Conversation with Errol Morris, 2 July 2004.

  • Film: The Thin Blue Line, dir. Errol Morris, 1988.

  • Film: Children of Men, dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2006.

  • Week 10 Thursday November 1
    Digital Photography Algorithmics & Non-Referentiality

    This week's presenters (2): Jing Niu

  • Jean Baudrillard, "Ch.3: The Gulf War Did Not Take Place." In The Gulf War Did Not Take Place, 61-95. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1995.

  • Kevin Glynn, "The 2004 Election Did Not Take Place: Bush, Spectacle, and the Media Nonevent," Television New Media 2009 10 (no.2): 216-245.

  • William Mitchell, The Reconfigured Eye, Chapter 1, pp.1-57; Chapter 9, pp. 190-223

  • William Mitchell, "The Work of Art in the Age of Biocybernetic Reproduction." In What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images, 309-335. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

  • Ren Ng.Digital Light Field Photography. Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University, 2006. Downloaded 21 October 2011 from https://www.lytro.com/renng-thesis.pdf.

  • Week 11 Thursday November 8
    "Democratizing" power of new media

    This week's presenters (2): Jonna McKone & Erin Espelie

  • Warren Sack. "Network Aesthetics." In Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow, edited by Victoria Vesna, 183-210. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

  • Malcolm Gladwell, "Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Retweeted." The New Yorker, October 4 2010. Downloaded on 28 Sept. 2011.

  • Clay Shirky, "The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change." Foreign Affairs, January/February 2011, 28-41.

  • Week 12: Thursday November 15
    Surveillance Networks

    This week's presenters (2): John Rash & Jennifer Stratton

  • Mark Andrejevic, "1. Introduction; 7. iPolitics; 8. iMonitoring: Keeping Track of One Another; 9. Beyond Monitoring." In iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era, pp. 1-21; 187-211; 212-240; 241-268. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

  • Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein, "Another War Zone: Social Media in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Middle East Research and Information Project, no. September (2010).

  • Michael Wines and Sharon LaFraniere. "In Baring Facts of Train Crash, Blogs Erode China Censorship"

  • Kevin Slavin, "How algorithms shape our world." TED talk, July 2011. Downloaded 28 July 2011.

  • Alasdair Allan, "Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves." O'Reilly Radar, 27 April 2011.

  • Film: The Intimacy of Strangers, dir. Eva Webb, 2005.

  • Film: The Conversation, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974.

  • Week 13: Thursday November 22

    Week 14: Thursday November 29
    Mining Neurofutures

    This week's presenter: Brenda Burmeister

  • Bernard Stiegler, "Introduction; Cinematic Time." In Technics and Time, 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise, 1-7; 8-34. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011.

  • Richard Grusin, Premeditation: Affect and Mediality after 9/11. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2010.

  • MIT Media Labs. "doppellab: Exploring Dense Sensor Network Data Through A Game Engine." Downloaded 02 August 2011.

  • Shadow Lab Project

  • Film: Erasing David, dir. David Bond, 2010.
    Watch for free online: http://www.hulu.com/watch/355306

  • Week 15: Thursday December 6