Analog/Digital Cultures: Work & Love

Clemens Apprich
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Media Theory
2023S, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04309

Description

What are digital cultures? The question is typically answered by reference to social media platforms, online services, or the computer in general. However, despite the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our everyday culture, a lack of knowledge prevails as to what ‘the digital’ actually is. The lecture series poses this seemingly simple, but all the more complex question by interrogating the ‘deep history’ of the digital in relation to non-digital (i.e. analog) cultures. Based on key references from media as well as cultural studies, we will look into the transition from analog to digital cultures not simply in terms of a linear media change, but rather as a complex, often complicated interweaving between the two – an interrelation which affects the way we think, perceive and act in the world.  

This semester the focus will be on work and love as two sides of the same algorithmic coin: While our love affairs are increasingly being mediated by algorithms, the work to make them run is hidden. We will, therefore, look at the ‘fetishization’ of AI and Machine Learning (ML) and ask what labour processes are needed to animate AI, how ML affects our love life, and who profits from the transformation of evermore (supposedly analog) aspects of our life through digital and disruptive technologies.

Examination Modalities

Students will be responsible to write a final essay or book review (ca. 15.000 characters, including spaces and footnotes, but excluding appendices, references, or figures) by the end of the term. The essay/book review should demonstrate a critical engagement with the topic of the lecture, applying the discussed literature. Further inspiration on the question of what constitutes digital cultures can be found in this interview series.

Alternatively, students can take an oral exam, for which they can choose three references from the lecture. Please register here: https://nuudel.digitalcourage.de/3XWowkn1UsmLHZOT

Comments

The lecture will be held in English. Essays/book reviews can be submitted in English or German. A detailed course outline with assigned readings will be made available online.

Key Words

digital cultures, media theory, medientheorie, media history, mediengeschichte, cybernetics, algorithms, AI, machine learning

Dates

07 March 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
14 March 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
21 March 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
28 March 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
18 April 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
25 April 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
02 May 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
09 May 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
16 May 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
06 June 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
13 June 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20
20 June 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 20

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

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Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (1. Section): Wissenschaftlich theoretische und historische Grundlagen: Medientheorie, Mediengeschichte 567/108.02

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