Black Secret Technology: The Moral Economy of Science and Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Black Secret Technology
Spring 2023
Taught By: Fields Harrington
Section: A

CRN: 11074

Credits: 4

This course surveys contemporary art, sonic technologies, performance, the social responsibility of science, and how forms of systematic knowledge emerging in the 19th century forged new categories of difference. The convergence of industrial capitalism and western scientific advancement used accounting systems to describe the material world. In doing so, theoretical assumptions about what should even be counted were deployed. We will ask: what are the moral implications of these systems, and what plantocratic logics are enmeshed in them? How might the racializing assumptions of this empiricism be interrupted by a poetics of science? Can we imagine the liberation of our bodies’ biological-physiological processes, from early and current structures of capitalism? This course embraces interdisciplinarity by thinking across the natural sciences, technoscience, histories of quantification, geologies of media, Black Studies, and Aesthetics. We will examine how the poetics of science is employed as a praxis of being in works of Moor Mother, Aki Sasamoto, mayfield brooks, and engage with texts by Ramon Amaro, Katherine McKittrick, Donna Haraway, Lorraine Daston, Jussi Parikka among others. Students will complete a series of writings, research projects, and a final presentation over the semester.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (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: 9:20am EDT 5/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 262
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023