Radical Media Fall 09 - Syllabus

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MCM1700P: Radical Media
Dept. of Modern Culture and Media
Brown University
Prof. Mark Tribe


Wed 9.9: Introduction

Wed 9.16: Defining Radical Media, Poster Workshop

  • Discuss reading:
    • Duncombe, Stephen. "Introduction." Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 1-8.
    • Marx, Karl and Frederick Engels. Selection from The German Ideology. Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 48-49 only.
    • Benjamin, "The Author as Producer." Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 67-81
  • Poster Workshop

Wed 9.23: Theorizing Participation, Poster Studio

  • Discuss reading:
    • Brecht, Bertolt. "The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication." CP.
    • Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. "Constituents of a Theory of the Media." CP.
    • Baudrillard, Jean. "Requiem for the Media."CP.
  • Poster Studio

Wed 9.30: Poster Critique

Wed 10.7: Art of Resistance, Online Video Workshop

  • Student presentations: Nic Mooney; Monica Garcia, Sousveillance and Inverse Surveillance
  • Discuss reading:
    • Critical Art Ensemble. "Resisting the Bunker." CP. **Course pack version missing pages; find the full pdf online here** --PN 8/6/09
    • Holmes, Brian. "Do-It-Yourself Geopolitics: Cartographies of Art in the World." CP.
    • Price, Seth. "Dispersion." 2002. CP.
    • Cotter, Holland. "The Collective Conscious." New York Times, March 5, 2006. CP.
  • Online Video Workshop

Wed 10.14: Détournement and Culture Jamming, Online Video Studio

  • Student presentations: Karynn Ikeda, Julian Park
  • Discuss reading:
    • Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle, paragraphs 1-9, 23, 24, 33, 34, 42, 67, 191, 192, 203-210. CP.
    • Hoffman, Abbie. From Revolution for the Hell of It. Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 327-330.
    • Rubin, Jerry. From Do It! Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 330-332
    • Boyd, Andrew. "Truth Is a Virus." Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 369-378
    • Dery, Mark. "Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing and Sniping in the Empire of Signs." CP.
    • Autonome a.f.r.i.k.a. "What is Communication Guerilla?" Anarchitexts, pp. 86- 91.
    • Recommended: Viénet, René. "The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art." CP.
    • Recommended: Debord, Guy. "A User's Guide to Détournement." http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/detourn.htm
  • Online Video Studio
  • Rafael Lyon to present at 1:30

Wed 10.21: No Class

Wed 10.28: Online Video Studio

  • Student presentations: Henderson Shorter, Ariel Hudes

Wed 11.4: Online Video Critique

Wed 11.11: Tactical Media, Final Project

  • Student presentations: Alia Lahlou, Patrick Nagl
  • Presentation by Rosi Greenberg on Art Wave
  • Discuss reading:
    • Bey, Hakim. Selections from T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone. Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 113-118
    • Certeau, Michel de. "General Introduction." The Practice of Everyday Life, CP.
    • Garcia, David and Geert Lovink. "The ABC of Tactical Media." Anarchitexts, pp. 107-110.
    • Richardson, Joanne. "The Language of Tactical Media." Anarchitexts, pp. 123-128.
    • Blissett, Luther. "The XYZ of Net Activism. Anarchitexts, pp. 92-97.
    • Recommended: Martin, Nathan. "Parasites and Other Forms of Tactical Augmentation." Anarchitexts, pp. 115-122.
    • Recommended: Wark, McKenzie. "On the Tactic of Tactics." Anarchitexts, pp. 138-140.
    • Recommended: Guerrero, Frank (RTMark) interviewed by Sylvie Mayerson, with Vidyut Jain. "The Art of Confusion." Anarchitexts, pp. 129-133.

Wed 11.18: Hacktivism, Final Project Workshop

  • Student presentations:Dia Barghouti, Tracy Szatan
  • Discuss reading:
    • Critical Art Ensemble. "Electronic Civil Disobedience." CP.
    • Galloway, Alexander. "Possibility." Anarchitexts, pp. 284-286.
    • Dominguez, "Electronic Disturbance." Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 379-396.
    • Wark, McKenzie. "A Hacker Manifesto." Anarchitexts, pp. 344-357.
  • Final Project Workshop
  • Check out the new Final Project Forum page

Wed 11.25: No Class

Wed 12.2: Reactionary Media, Final Project Studio

  • Student presentations: Gabriel Doss, Crow Norlander
  • Discuss reading:
    • Khatchadourian, Raffi. "Azzam the American: The Making of an Al Qaeda Homegrown." CP.
    • Garcia, David. "Islam and Tactical Media in Amsterdam." Anarchitexts, pp. 111-114.
    • Kimmage, Daniel and Kathleen Ridolfo. Selections from "Iraqi Insurgent Media: The War of Ideas and Images." CP.
  • Final Project Studio

Wed 12.9: Problematizing Radical Media, Final Project Studio

  • Student presentation: Patrick Nagle
  • Discuss reading:
    • Jordan, "The Art of Necessity." Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 347-349.
    • Frank, "Why Johnny Can't Dissent." Cultural Resistance Reader, pp. 316-327.
    • Bey, Hakim. "Immediatism" and "Involution." CP.
    • Brener, Alexander and Barbara Schurz. "Anti-Technologies of Resistance." Anarchitexts, pp. 29-33
  • Final Project Studio

Wed 12.16: Final Project Critique



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