Art, Gender and Technology
Art, Gender and Technology (Nancy Mauro-Flude) Autumn Semester 2015
Start Wednesday September 23 - End Wednesday November 11
Time: 13:00 - 16:00 Room: Kunstarken
Overview: 23.09, 30.10, 7.10, 14.10, 23.10, 28.10, 11.11, 2015.
[Please contact Nancy for the course outline if reading this in retrospect]
“The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House” Audre Lorde 1984
What is gender and technology and their relationship to art practice? This course specifically draws upon practices that aesthetically exploit otherwise closed systems. Engaging with technology in this way conceptualises a process of undulation and alternation, proposing a distinctly different subject–object relation to the one developed in a patriarchal culture, through the isolation and depiction of objects instead, humans/mediums/materials are understood instead as conduits.
Where once the development and production of emergent technologies was the domain of the privileged few, a point of departure for this theme is rooted in the belief that diverse (and typically excluded) groups need to engage with systems and develop software platforms according to their own needs and experiences. There are many instances of this happening, but it’s by no means universal and there are many different viewpoints, depending on the level of knowledge or technologically naivety. This subject also includes modes engagement that are inclusive of people who have had unorthodox pathways into the role of artist, receiver, custodian or user of knowledge. Therefore play, collaboration and active participation are crucial elements for experiencing and understanding technical functionality, and transforming that functionality into an artistic concept. As such, art gender and technological ‘making or hacking’ as a form of play is not frivolous; rather, they represent a dissonant logic of relating to a particular context and set of rules.
Apply knowledge and experience gained through group-centred learning and individual research to your practice. The course encourages probing into the inexplicable whilst replacing traditional top-down methods of assigning value, with an approach that employs and advocates home-brewed methods for collective gain. As such the course is firmly fixed in the present but with a reflexive and interrogative stance towards the viewpoints or contexts of twentieth century. Literature, science and technologies, philosophies, politics and economics are acknowledged as part of the creation of artefacts and the assorted canons of taste. The goal is to introduce students to different strategies to read the constructions of art, gender and culture from prehistory to the present. This subject by nature is provocative and challenging. It displays enthusiasm not just for ones own practice, but also for the wider social, political and philosophical questions of how society engages with digital technologies, and how these technologies are changing us.
The course is a major unit targeting at MFA students (1st and 2nd year), but it is open to all students who are committed to join the entire course of the program.
One need not have a complete technical understanding, but has to be open to the idea that this type of understanding has value and is worth nurturing. Playing with the limits of a given system opens up a complex understanding of its potential for the maker it raises questions rather than formulates answers. The course requires presence at all meetings. There may be some practical workshops, and participating students are requested to make a presentation in the course of the semester, prepare through readings and research, deliver a short written text and an artwork response (can also be a prototype, mock up for an idea). Learning is a social activity; Interaction with your peers, through asking questions (and being asked), and seeing what other people are doing, will greatly enhance your university experience.
Along with a plethora of lectures, artworks, collaborative events and actions that will be drawn upon each week along with thea list of readings.
A Blog - aka ongoing updated repository on the website for the content we cover is here: http://www.kit.ntnu.no/en/content/art-gender-and-technology-blog-2015
Details of teaching arrangements Workshops/seminars. There will be an 8 week, three hour both practical and studio sessions for this unit, typically
Wednesday 1 – 4 pm in room Kunstharken. Time: 13:00 - 16:00 - with 3 variations in the course schedule. The course scheduled is attached, (as this is a new Course it is subject to change).
[NOTORIOUS R+D, 2013, Selena de Carvalho performing in Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits, curated by Nancy Mauro-Flude. http://tacticalmagick.net/ Photographer: Aaron Horsley. Image copyright © Nancy Mauro-Flude.]