Creative Algorithms
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LINA 3006
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Some of the most compelling, playful, and subversive artworks of the last fifty years can be said to be algorithmic: generated by a process that outputs a result based on clearly defined rules and instructions. This interdisciplinary course explores how and why some artists have abandoned traditional expressive means in favor of this procedural approach. Students will closely consider artists’ works and writings in all mediums including: Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings, Brian Eno’s generative music, Alison Knowles’ Fluxus event scores, William Forsythe’s dance improvisation technologies, Raymond Queneau’s combinatory poetry, and the Critical Art Ensemble’s tactical media interventions. In parallel with discussing artworks, students read key writings in media theory, art criticism and technology in order to stimulate questions about artistic subjectivity in digital culture, the politics of interactivity, the meaning of chance, and the productive relations between theory and art practice. Previous coursework in philosophy or critical theory is helpful but not required.
Course Open to: Degree Students