Course schedule

Media and Performance Theory 2008-2009 — Course schedule

Feb. 10, 2009

Introduction: “The medium is a message”

– Plato: Excerpt from Phaedrus (The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 1 [387 AD] p. 451-455)
– Derrick de Kerckhove: A Theory of Greek Tragedy
– Vilém Flusser: On Writing and on Desks (seperate text)

Feb. 17, 2009

“Extensions of Man”

– Bertolt Brecht: The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication

– Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Constituents of a Theory of the Media

– Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media (ch. 1 and 2)

– Jean Baudrillard: “In The Most Complete Ambiguity”: Requiem For The Media

– Douglas Kellner: Baudrillard: A New McLuhan?

Feb. 24, 2009

“Body as Medium”

– Tomaž Toporišic: Traces of the Performative Turn

Contributions to Roundtable on Liveness

– Erika Fischer-Lichte: Returning the Gaze: Between Cultural Performance and Performance Art

– STELARC website:

March 3, 2009

“Perceptive Media”

– Walter Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Age of Technical Reproduction

– Régis Debray: What Is Mediology?

– Jean Baudrillard: Simulacra and Simulations

– Vilém Flusser: The Technical Image (seperate text)

March 10, 2009

“Intelligence Media”

– Vannevar Bush: As We May Think

– Alan M. Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence

– J.C.R. Licklider: Man-Computer Symbiosis

– Friedrich Kittler: The History of Communication Media

March 17, 2009

“Answers / Debates”

– David Rodowick: What was Cinema (to be photocopied)

– Bill Nichols: The work of culture in the age of cybernetic systems (to be photocopied)

– Paul Levinson: Digital McLuhan, ch. 3: Net Content (to be photocopied)

March 24, 2009-02-03

Closing session


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