What is experimental art | science | design | technology | humanities ?
What is an experimental life?
Reading: Guy Debord, The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Art and Politics
Sha X. W., on the experimental variation of thick experience.
Meaning vs. information. Experience vs Rules. What's (not) a representation?
David Donoho, 50 Years of Data Science.
Jospeh Henrich, Steven Heine, Ara Norenzayan, "The Weirdest People in the World," 2009.
Miguel Sicart, Against Procedurality, Game Studies.
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (G.E.M. Anscombe Third edition) selected aphorisms:
§ 0 - 110 Language
Explanations based on rules, naming, pointing, paradigm, predicates, correspondence…
§ 143 - 151 Number series games
§ 272-279 Private experience, colour
§ 283-293 Feeling, pain, beetle in a box
xi (pages 193-209) Seeing as, figures, duck rabbit
2. The Study of Experience. Phenomenology contra psychology.
Problems with psychologism, biological reductionism, and category.
William James, "Chapter I : Does Consciousness Exist?", "Chapter II : A World of Pure Experience", "Chapter III : The Thing and Its Relations", "Chapter IV : How Two Minds Can Know One Thing", from Essays on Radical Empiricism. (samizdat badly typset and paginated)
3. Tools, Craft
What is a tool? How does a tool shape experience and art, and vice versa?
Pye, D. The Nature and Art of Workmanship. Cambridge UP, 1968, pp. 17-29.
Sennett, R. The Craftsman. Yale University Press, 2008, Chapter 1.
Thor Magnusson, “Of Epistemic Tools: musical instruments as cognitive extensions,” Organised Sound, 14 (2009), pp 168-176.
4. Dynamical Systems and Topology
What is the essence of technology?
Klaus Jänich, Topology, chap 1
Sha X. W., "Topology and Morphogenesis," Theory, Culture & Society 29 (4-5), 2013.
5. Systems Theories
Figures and philosophies of living systems and ecologies.
Reading: Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. Autopoiesis, The Organization of the Living, pp. 59 to 143. Chapters 1-3 ( notes), Chapters 4 -5, Appendix.
Supplementary readings: Henri Lefebvre Rhythmanalysis;
Prigogine, Stengers, Order Out of Chaos.
Whitehead Process and Reality;
Heraclitus, Laozi, and Zhuangzi.
Experimental performance vs. spectacle. Art as vehicle. Everyday, unmarked vs marked gesture.
Artaud: ch. 7: The Theater and Cruelty; ch 8: The Theater of Cruelty, First Manifesto;
Peter Brook, The Empty Space, Chapter 2- The Holy Theatre
Peter Brook, The Open Door, Chapter 1, The Slyness of Boredom
7. Art, Politics
Deleuze and Guattari, Rhizomes, Becoming-Animal, Chapter 14: "1440: The Smooth and The Striated,” in Thousand Plateaus:A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Trans. Brian Massumi. London and New York: Continuum, 2004.
Isabelle Stengers, "Beyond Conversation, The Risks of Peace," in Process and Difference, Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernisms, ed. Catherine Keller and Anne Daniell, SUNY 2002.
Sha X. W.: Poiesis, Enchantment and Topological Matter. MIT Press, 2014. Refrain.
Optional: Alan Milchman and Alan Rosenberg, “The Final Foucault: Government of Others and Government of Oneself” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
8. Experimental Practices
11/7 Experimental Experiential research
Poesis and Enchantment in Topological Matter (chapter 1)
11/9. What's experimental practice in arts, humanities, science, engineering, design ?
From Technologies of Representation to Technologies of Performance (Critical Digital, Harvard GSD 2009)
11/14 Adam Nocek
Critical / speculative design, or ontogenesis
11/16 (no class)
(11/19 Fall gathering, 3:00 - 9:00, 133 West6th, call )
11/21 Dan Overholt, experimental musical instruments
The Musical Interface Technology Design Space (Organized Sound 14.2, 2009)
11/23 Experimental Practices
Pre-Presentations, "in studio" work