Week 8 takes an interdisciplinary turn, exploring the relationship between AI's technological infrastructure and aesthetic principles. Students will study AI-driven art and design, bridging the gap between technology and creativity.
Key Concepts used in Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto
- Power/Knowledge: Foucault linked the production of knowledge directly to systems of power, implying that what we often consider to be 'truth' is a construction of power dynamics.
- Textuality: In post-structuralism, 'text' doesn't refer only to written words but to the fabric of meaning that constructs reality itself.
- Contingency: Rejects the notion of universal or natural laws governing culture, language, and the human psyche, focusing instead on the contingencies that shape them.
To Read (Before Class)
A Cyborg Manifesto
A Cyborg Manifesto - Morgan Klaus Scheuerman
© Morgan Klaus Scheuerman. 2020. All rights reserved. Design adpted from HTML5 UP.
Read the introduction (or more!) to Aesthetic Programming
Harraway re-works her original essay in this presentation. It’s always good to hear from the actual author.
Student Facilitation Reading
"Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World" by Meredith Broussard (Section 1)
Summary: Broussard’s work critically examines the limitations of AI in understanding the world, providing an important perspective on AI's aesthetics and technological infrastructure.
- What are the main limitations of AI, as outlined in "Artificial Unintelligence"?
- How does Broussard's work intersect with the idea of AI as both a tool and canvas for creative expression?
- What implications does this reading have for AI-driven art and design?
- How does Broussard challenge common perceptions of AI's capabilities?
- In what ways can the limitations of AI be addressed or embraced in artistic practices?