Graduate Seminar 2

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Majors Only
Graduate Seminar 2
Summer 2024
Taught By: Sammy Cucher
Section: A

CRN: 1211

Credits: 3

This seminar has as its main goal to create a theoretical framework for the discussion of the role that technology plays in our lives, its effects upon society and the individual, and consequently, upon the work that each of you is developing in the program. We live in a time when many types of technologies - computer technology, communications technology, biogenetic technology, and so on – have become ubiquitous and virtually indispensable for the functioning of modern societies. Despite the differences between these various technologies, it is possible to abstract them into a single entity, one that has had an enormous impact on our society since the beginnings of civilization, but which has been more markedly felt in the years since the Industrial Revolution. Yet our relationship to technology has always been signed by a sense of ambiguity about its power to transform our lives and our environment, not always with a positive outcome.The first part of our discussions will be devoted to "formal" lectures focusing on how technology has been represented in art and literature as a way of understanding how our attitudes towards technology have varied throughout the ages, and how its role in society has gradually become more and more central. We will discuss at length the notion of “Technological Determinism” and try to understand whether technology indeed drives history. After this introduction with a historical bend, the class will shift to discussions in classic seminar fashion, where different students will take turns as discussion leaders on assigned texts that address different issues in contemporary society where technology plays an defining role. Roughly speaking, there will be three main areas of concern that will be discussed from various points of view: Media Culture, Spectacle and Art in the Age of Terror; Bio-Technology and the Post-Human/Post-Natural; and societies in the virtual world. The instructor will complement the seminar sessions with the presentation of films and work by contemporary artists that also address the issues discussed.

Open to: Masters degree in Photography majors only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: June 12, 2024 (Wednesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 30, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

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: 1:54am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 603
Date Range: 6/3/2024 - 8/18/2024