Week 1 (January 8+10): Introduction
Week 2 (January 15+17): The Digital’s Ever-Present Past
Tuesday: Lisa Gitelman, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008), pp. 1-87
Week 3 (January 22+24): Media Archaeology
Tung Hui-Hu, A Prehistory of the Cloud (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015)
Week 4 (January 29+31): Light and Dark
One-page proposal for researching obsolete media, with 5 resources
Noam Elcott, Artificial Darkness: An Obscure History of Modern Art and Media (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
Week 5 (February 5+7): Writing Histories of Technology
Friedrich Kittler, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, trans. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wurtz (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999).
Week 6 (February 12+14): Computing
Joy Lisi Rankin, A People’s History of Computing in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2018)
Week 7 (February 19+21): Computational Art
Zabet Patterson, Peripheral Vision: Bell Labs, the S-C 4020, and the Origins of Computer Art (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015).
Week 8 (February 26+28): Video Games
3 page historical survey + 3 sketches detailing potential materials and methods for reconstruction
Week 9 (March 5+7): Media Environments/Social Histories
Fred Turner, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Week 10 (March 12): Smart Cities
NO CLASS MEETING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 14
Shannon Mattern, Code + Clay, Data + Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (Minneapolis University of Minnesota Press, 2017).
Week 11 (March 19+21): SPRING BREAK
Week 12 (March 26+28): Computational Labor
Outline and paper/cardboard/preliminary physical prototype
Week 13 (April 2+4): Cyberculture
James Bridle, The New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future (New York: Verso, 2018).
Week 14 (April 9+11): Artificial Intelligence
Week 15 (April 16+18):
Work on final projects/conferences with Prof. Zinman
Week 16 (April 23):
Work on final projects
The final paper/project is due on Friday, April 26, by noon, via email to Professor Zinman and posted to the class blog.