Spring 2018

Marx (MCC-GE 3013) -- Much of critical theory finds its origin in the work of Karl Marx. This doctoral seminar will focus on reading (most of) Marx's Capital, vol. 1. Then, during the final three weeks of the semester, students will pursue individual/group inquiry into a Marxist text of their own choosing. Overall the course will emphasize Marxism as a political and economic theory, but will also address Marxism as a critical methodology applicable to disciplines beyond political and economic theory. Themes include the commodity, alienation and reification, surplus-value, labor, machines, ideology, and community.

Creative Coding (MCC-UE 1585-001) -- This is a practice-based course designed to teach basic programming skills in the context of media studies and cultural theory. The course requires no prior programming experience, simply a willingness to learn and explore code at a technical level with the aim of using computation as an expressive, analytical, critical, and visual 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. The course is structured around a series of weekly coding assignments, quizzes, group critiques, and discussions. The course ends with a group-based final project developed in stages over the course of the semester. Students will use Processing, but the knowledge acquired will be transportable to other languages and coding environments.

Some Previous Courses:
The Digital and the Analog
The Nonhuman: Aesthetics and Politics of Personhood
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