Art, Literature and Technoscience
Full course description
This course explores how art and literature engage with contemporary challenges related to the impact of science and technology. How do different artistic media, from books and films to visual and sound art, engage with societal challenges of a technoscientific nature? What can art do in relation to our society? We will approach such questions through topical case studies on art and literature that explore important challenges of contemporary society, including the role of technology in food production, new surveillance technologies, the rise of robotics, and climate change. While the course focuses on the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, we will trace developments back from our current situation to the early twentieth century. In examining the role of art and literature in contemporary society, we will periodically return to the topics of form, context and participation. The case studies will be analyzed with the help of concepts such as forcework, the posthuman, materialism, autonomy, visibility, and scale. The course also includes exhibition visits, movie viewings and debates.
By the end of this course you will
- have acquired understanding of artistic responses to current multifaceted societal challenges;
- be able to apply interdisciplinary concepts such as immersion, the posthuman, materialism, materialism, and scale to the analysis of these challenges;
- be able to discuss the role of art in relation to contemporary technoscientific society;
- be able to apply methods learned in the skills courses to the analysis of artworks, literary texts and artistic practices.
This course is open to all students, but builds on the skills course Analysing Art (ACU1502), among others. Taking the course in combination with the skills course Analysing Arts II (ACU2508) or Interviewing (EUS3500) is recommended.