Post-Planetary Imaginaries (Design) (Fall 2015)

“As I gazed at it on that far-gone night it seemed to call across the unthinkable void, to lure me to it, to draw me as the lodestone attracts a particle of iron. My longing was beyond the power of opposition; I closed my eyes, stretched out my arms toward the god of my vocation and felt myself drawn with the suddenness of thought through the trackless immensity of space.”

What is at stake at the Post-Planetary scale? What new aesthetics, politics, ethics and economies, what new modes of individual and collective sovereignty, have emerged as humanity takes ever larger steps to leave the Earth? Led by Edward Keller, this course will run as an art/design seminar exploring the aesthetics and ethics of the post-planetary imaginary. We 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.

Course Schedule:

Monday, November 2
Tuesday, November 3
Wednesday, November 4

All sessions: 6-9 PM