5 Nights of Science Fiction (Fall 2015)

For five evenings, Daniel Joseph Martínez will present a carefully selected group of science fiction films in an attempt to recalibrate the ways in which we, as artists and thinkers, can understand these movies and perception more generally; to extract fragments of ideas and theories from a range of different propositions; and to establish new frameworks to work in. 

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Urban Farming in Miami (Summer 2015)

Led by Marjetica Potrč, “Urban Farming in Miami” will consider what urban farming means in the Anthropocene age, when humans see themselves as part of nature and not its adversary. 

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Climate Boundaries, Energy Finance, and Culture (Summer 2015)

Led by John Wunderlin, this seminar will focus on providing an introduction to the scientific, political, and economic foundations of the trend toward climate-friendly infrastructure and business practices, followed by a more open-ended discussion about how this connects to long-standing themes in cultural criticism and art, such as political consciousness and activism, consumer and corporate responsibility, and international poverty/development.

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Post-Planetary Imaginaries (Anthropology) (Fall 2015)

Debbora Battaglia will lead this series of seminars on themes of experimental inter-being relations off the Earth. Topics include world-making in orbit, performing cosmos as installation ethnography, technologies of accelerationism and their cinematic discontents, enacting resistance to state-sponsored space imaginaries, engendering a cosmic diplomacy of space rocks, and the social life of moon dust. Seminars may include collaborative multi-media projects.

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Post-Planetary Imaginaries (Design) (Fall 2015)

Led by Edward Keller, students will screen scifi films, read bright and dark futurologies, scan, debate, and re-scan critical histories and theories, and ultimately produce a set of artifacts, art pieces, short videos and/or interactive projects that speculate on the transformation of human ‘structures of affect’ across the next 50 to 1000 [yes, one thousand!] years.

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Friction between the struggles for ecological renewal and for economic justice: Can we achieve both? (Spring 2015)

Led by Stan Cox, this course will discuss the following questions: How is the split between defending the Earth and defending our fellow Earthlings evident in the climate struggle globally, and in struggles over resources, including energy, soil, water, and food? To what extent can the ecological—economic friction be explained by the fact that these struggles are being played out in a capitalist world? Will it be possible to build a durable society that is ecologically rooted and at the same time committed to economic justice for all? What will that take? And what can be the role of artists in addressing these issues?

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Eco Tax Project for the US (Spring 2015)

Inequality of income, with a suppression of the middle class, or even the salaried professional class, by an ever-wealthier top percent threatens the economy, reputation, and future of the United States. Led by Peter Fend.

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Massively Invisible Objects (Spring 2015)

What is a container port? What is it connected to? What sort of ecology  does it emerge from? What kind of world does it prefigure? Brian Holmes and Rozalinda Borcila invite you to explore global trade in Miami: including places such as Dodge Island, the Miami River, the financial district, the Norfolk Southern intermodal yard, and the industrial installations of nearby Ft. Lauderdale

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Making a Global City (Urbanism, Locality, Capital Flows, Art) (Spring 2015)

A multitude of forces are shaping what the contemporary city is, and in many ways Miami seems to exemplify this condition to an exaggerated level. Led by Diann Bauer and Suhail Malik, this course will investigate the conditions of the contemporary city in general and Miami specifically as not only responding to local and regional development, but also as a node in a global network of cities.

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The Elastic Limit (Fall 2014)

Led by Gean Moreno and developing around a series of music videos and readings, the seminar will consider the question: How can the fetishization of flexibility/adaptability in societies of control be a vector for subjective reconstitution?   

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Strange Education (Fall 2014)

At r.a.d, Rainer Ganahl will produce a new iteration of Strange Teaching, an intense and informal course that develops its own organizing principles as it unfolds.

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