This course will take place in the academic year 2014/2015 in ArtEZ Arnhem in the Interactive Media Design department. The course is designed and facilitated by Luis Rodil-Fernández.
This course proposes the following building-blocks for the ALT initiative:
6812 CE Arnhem
Sessions take place on Wednesday.
We confer a very special status to technology in our lives. New technologies get adopted at a very fast pace and the general perception is that technology is good, it makes us more efficient, it makes new forms of communication possible and allows for convenience. But does it really? In this course you will be exposed to other takes that explore the darker side of technology and reveal the threats that come hand in hand with every innovation. We will look at specific technologies that have transformed our ethical and socio-political outlooks, from the atomic bomb to the smartphone. The Critical Art Ensemble stated that any technology that is unavailable to the masses is an instrument of control and domination. It would therefore be desirable for the powers that be, if these technologies were invisible or ignored.
In this course you will learn how to use technology in a tactical manner and you will be exposed to fields in which this way of understanding is key, such as computer networks, critical engineering, civil resistance, journalism, privacy, cryptography, surveillance and so-called cyberwarfare. You will learn how to take control over your data, techniques for circumventing censorship and tracking, how to use digital media to protest and resist and how to publish digital information responsibly. You will develop atypical design thinking that can then be used to empower your designs and the users of your products, so that technology can be a useful servant rather than a dangerous master.
privacy | surveillance | security | networks | censorship | cryptography | online activism | citizen journalism | direct democracy | Pirate movement | Google will eat itself | skynet | in web 2.0 the consumer is the product | fetishization of technology | desire and technology | skeuomorphism in design | digital publishing | technology and advertising | a storm in The Cloud | slavery-free electronics | planned obsolescence | social networking, death and break-ups | emotions and technology | hacking | demoscene | hyperrationalism | high frequency trading | machine morality | computational somatics: technology and the body | ergonomics
The methods in this course take inspiration from the participatory nature of Open Source and the decision-making processes in squares during the Indignados and Occupy uprisings. Every session will begin with an assembly in which students will make active decisions about the course collectively. Students will have an active voice in evaluating and elaborating the products of the course.
PGP, SSL and OTR will be used as the only means of communication with instructors and facilitators to encourage the use of cryptography and expose students to these tools with the hope of engaging them with UX design problems that these tools are facing for wider adoption.
The course will be largely theoretical and based on discussion but will provide hands-on workshops to learn specific skills.
Students will receive a numeric mark at the end of the course that will be evaluated in a final assembly, all students will take part in the marking process.
Course will be imparted to two groups at different stages of their BA programs, second and third years. The emphasis for the second years is exposure to new ideas & technical capacitation. For third years the emphasis is on deepening into critical discourses around technology and research-based approaches.
“This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.” –Don DeLillo