Spring 2017

Creative Coding (MCC-UE 1585) -- This is a practice-based course designed to teach basic programming skills in the context of critical and cultural media studies and the digital humanities. The course requires no prior programming experience, simply a willingness to explore code at a more technical level with the aim of using computation as an expressive, analytical, critical and visualizing medium. Students will learn basic coding techniques such as variables, loops, graphics, and networking, all within a larger conversation on the social, cultural, and historical nature of code and coding practices. Students will use Processing, but the knowledge acquired will be transportable to other languages and coding environments.

The Nonhuman: Aesthetics and Politics of Personhood (MCC-GE 3010) -- From climate change and infrastructure to objects and animality, the nonhuman realm exerts a growing influence on contemporary life. In this seminar we consider persons as things and things as persons, but also peer beyond the human into a world devoid of humanity. What does personhood mean in the age of the posthuman? Themes include proletarianization, animality, new materialism, posthumanism, pessimism, and the commons. (PDFs)
** Note new location: East Building Room 207 **

Some Previous Courses:
French Theory Since 1989
Deleuze's Aesthetics
Hitchcock & Godard
The Politics of Code
Media Archaeology

Reading Notes

Here are some of the reading notes and diagrams I've made over the years. Hopefully they will be helpful to others with similar interests. Caution, as they tend to be rather idiosyncratic and synoptic. Don't hesitate to email me if you notice any errors or have suggestions for improving these materials.

Martin Heidegger
Reading notes for Being and Time
Glossary of terms
A being that questions Being (diagram)
Historicity of Being (diagram)

Gilles Deleuze
Reading notes for Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation, plus some supplemental images of Bacon paintings
Reading notes for The Logic of Sense
Reading notes for Cinema 1
Reading notes for Cinema 2

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari
Ontological structure of the Body Without Organs (diagram)
Structure of Being (diagram)
Tetravalence of the assemblage (diagram)

François Laruelle
Cloning (diagram)
Unilateral duality (diagram)

Bernard Stiegler
Glossary of terms