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
http://www.utoronto.ca/mcluhan/article_greektragedy.htm
– Vilém Flusser: On Writing and on Desks (seperate text)


Feb. 17, 2009

“Extensions of Man”

– Bertolt Brecht: The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication
http://home.freeuk.com/lemmaesthetics/brecht1.htm

– Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Constituents of a Theory of the Media
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000606.html

– Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media (ch. 1 and 2)
http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/McLuhan-Understanding_Media-I-1-7.html

– Jean Baudrillard: “In The Most Complete Ambiguity”: Requiem For The Media
http://www.ubishops.ca/baudrillardstudies/vol4_1/levin.htm

– Douglas Kellner: Baudrillard: A New McLuhan?
http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/Illumina%20Folder/kell26.htm


Feb. 24, 2009

“Body as Medium”

– Tomaž Toporišic: Traces of the Performative Turn
http://ttoporisic.googlepages.com/tracesoftheperformativeturn

Contributions to Roundtable on Liveness

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

– STELARC website: http://www.stelarc.va.com.au/


March 3, 2009

“Perceptive Media”

– Walter Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Age of Technical Reproduction
http://web.bentley.edu/empl/c/rcrooks/toolbox/common_knowledge/general_communication/benjamin.html

– Régis Debray: What Is Mediology?
http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/Debray-What_is_Mediology.html

– Jean Baudrillard: Simulacra and Simulations
http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/Baudrillard_Simulacra_and_Simulations.html

– Vilém Flusser: The Technical Image (seperate text)


March 10, 2009

“Intelligence Media”

– Vannevar Bush: As We May Think
http://www.ps.uni-sb.de/~duchier/pub/vbush/vbush-all.shtml

– Alan M. Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence
http://cogprints.org/499/0/turing.html

– J.C.R. Licklider: Man-Computer Symbiosis
http://groups.csail.mit.edu/medg/people/psz/Licklider.html

– Friedrich Kittler: The History of Communication Media
http://www.hydra.umn.edu/kittler/comms.html


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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