Aesthetics and politics cross paths and sometimes merge in the field of new media. Weaving together theory from Debord, Bloch, Baudrillard, and Brecht with examples of new media including The Yes Men, the Bureau of Inverse Technology, and the Barbie Liberation Organization, we will take a broad view of what constitutes new media, its syndication, and its use. This course will not trace a historical progression but instead will seek to study the influences, as constructed by contemporary political activists who utilize new media. We will consider their reasons for selecting their influences, seek to understand their aims, and evaluate the reception of their work.
Tags: Aesthetics and Science, Art and science studies, Bioart, Science & Technology Studies, Technology and Society