Celebrity & Surveillance
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5010
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Media Studies
  • Media & Culture
This seminar begins from the presumption that, recently, celebrity and surveillance have transformed into two linked modes of self-fashioning. These modes, it will go on to argue, are part of a destabilization of the divide between public and private spaces and behaviors. Surveillance and celebrity are historical phenomena: thus we begin with an investigation of the historical rhetorics that shape our understanding of both. Readings will include work by Hannah Arendt, Richard Dyer, George Orwell, Michel Foucault, Beatriz Colomina and Gilles Deleuze.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by permission of the School of Art & Design History & Theory