Readings

READING RESPONSE GUIDELINES

- Two reading responses will be due in Week 6 and Week 12.

- 1000 words each.

- Each paper will focus on one of the texts ON THIS PAGE.

- Choose any text from this list EXCEPT the text(s) you are presenting on.

- What are the main questions this text is addressing?

- What types of alternate activist strategies (new tactical potential) can be extrapolated from the reading?

- Brief sketch of the constellation of ideas which this text is situated within (this can be done by looking at the references (bibliographic as well as those mentioned in the text)); outline what trajectories could be followed in the future in order to EXTEND the ideas presented in the text.

- Name at least 3 sources which could be followed up as a result of reading this text.

- What are the limits of this particular text (i.e. what areas does it avoid dealing with, what aspects seem incomplete etc.)? If you can identify what is missing, then you can begin searching for other ideas which might address these gaps.

WEEK 2

Mark Fisher – Capitalist Realism (Chapters 1, 2, 3)

Gilles Deleuze – Postscript on the Societies of Control (1990)

extra:

Bernard Stiegler – Memory (from Critical Terms for Media Studies) (2010)

WEEK 3

Metahaven – Captives of the Cloud – Part 1, Part 2

Michel Serres – Theory of the Quasi-Object (1982)

WEEK 4 COOPERATION

1. Robert Chia & Robin Holt — Strategy Without Design, Ch. 1 (intro also VERY useful) (2009)

2. Karen Knorr Cetina — Complex Global Microstructures: The New Terrorist Societies (2005)

3. Judith Butler — Bodily Vulnerability, Coalitions and Street Politics (p. 161) (2012)

WEEK 5 SITUATION

1. Keller Easterling – Disposition (2010)

2. McKenzie Wark – Détournement: An Abuser’s Guide (2009) AND The Weird Global Media Event (Ch. from Telesthesia)

3. RAQS Media Collective – X Notes on Practice (2004)

WEEK 6 CONJUNCTION

1. James Scott — Domination and the Arts of Resistance (Ch. 7—The Infrapolitics of Subordinate Groups) (1990)

2. Keller Easterling — Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Ch. 6—Extrastatecraft) (2014)

3. Robert Greene – 48 Laws of Power (1998)

LAW 9 WIN THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS NEVER ARGUMENT (69-75)

LAW 17 KEEP OTHERS IN SUSPENDED TERROR: CULTIVATE AN AIR OF UNPREDICTABILITY (123-9)

LAW 31 CONTROL THE OPTIONS: GET OTHERS TO PLAY WITH THE CARDS YOU DEAL (254-262)

LAW 35 MASTER THE ART OF TIMING (291-299)

LAW 48 ASSUME FORMLESSNESS (419-430)

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WEEK 7 HYPERSTITION and XENOCOMMUNICATION

1. Donna Haraway – A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist Feminism (1991)

2. Isabelle Stengers & Philippe Pignarre – Capitalist Sorcery (Part II – Learning to Protect Oneself Ch. 6-10, pp. 39-67 AND 135-141 (Reclaim)) (2011)

3. Chris Fleming & John O’Carroll – The Art of the Hoax (2010) AND Delphi Carstens – Hyperstition (2010)

WEEK 8 CONTAGION

1. Anna Munster – An Aesthesia of Networks, Ch. 4: Going Viral: Contagion as Networked Affect, Networked Refrain (2013)

2. Nigel Thrift – Pass It On : Towards a Political Economy of Propensity (2008)

3. Alexander Galloway & Eugene Thacker - Protocol, Control and Networks (2004) AND  Galloway/Thacker The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (p. 81-97) and Appendix: Notes for a Liberated Computer Language (p. 159-166) (2007)

WEEK 9 AFFECTION (text assignments TBA)

1. Paolo Virno - Labor, Action, Intellect (Part 2 from A Grammar of the Multitude) (2004)

2. Brian Massumi - Perception Attack: Brief on War Time (2010)

3. Suzanne Cusick — Torture and Music AND Steve Goodman — Sonic Warfare (excerpts)

WEEK 10 OVERIDENTIFICATION / ACCELERATION PT. 2

1. BAVO – Always Choose the Worst Option: Artistic Resistance and the Strategy of Over-Identification (2007) AND Slavoj Zizek – Why are Laibach and NSK not Fascists? (1993)

2. Beatriz Preciado – Pharmaco-Pornographic Politics: Towards a New Gender Ecology (2008)

3. Gregory Sholette — Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (Ch. 7—Mockstitutions) (2011)

WEEK 11 LEVITATION

1. Alenka Zupancic – Structural Dynamics and Temporality of the Comical  (Ch. 8 from The Odd One In) (2008)

2. Metahaven — Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (2012)