The Algorithmic Sublime

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Code as a Lib Art

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Algorithmic Sublime
Fall 2022
Taught By: Frank Shepard
Section: A

CRN: 14418

Credits: 4

The sublime is often used to refer to those things that escape our powers of representation, such as the infinite and the ineffable; computation, on the other hand, refers to the world of things that can be reduced to rules and reason, i.e., the algorithmic. The title of this course is a provocation – a challenge to consider how these reluctant partners intersect in our increasingly algorithmic world. In this course, we will read texts in philosophy, media studies, religious studies, visual culture, futurism, and the environmental humanities to develop a deep understanding of how the sublime and the algorithmic both challenge and sustain one another. Topics will include the massive scale of Big Data and the cloud, the ever-growing enormity of neural networks, the unthinkable beyond of the Singularity, and the prophets of a looming AI apocalypse. No prior coding is required, although prior exposure will be helpful, such as in “Code Toolkit.”

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Code as a Lib Art (LCOD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:58am EST 1/27/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 912
Date Range: 9/2/2022 - 12/16/2022