Radical Software

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Radical Software

Fall 2021

Taught By: Rory Solomon

Section: A

CRN: 9430

Credits: 4

This hybrid theory/practice seminar will trace the history of radical, activist, and countercultural uses of software and digital technology. From the milieu surrounding the Whole Earth Catalog, to hacker collectives such as Anonymous, to recent art and activism, we will explore efforts that have attempted to deploy software and its networks as anti-authoritarian or counter-hegemonic techniques. We will examine concepts that undergird the commitments of such actions, such as liberalism, freedom, sovereignty, and direct action. And we will consider industry discourse to ask whether and how we might distinguish between radical software and corporate marketing messages around “disruption.” Readings will include texts by authors such as Mackenzie Wark, Fred Turner, Gabriella Coleman, Alex Galloway, and Ruha Benjamin. Coursework will include hands-on projects comprised of creative and critical use and misuse of software and computer code. No prior computer programming experience is necessary.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 6:09am 9/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Fanton Hall 72 5th

Room: 713

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021