Critical and Cultural Computing

Description: Why and how do people respond and react to the socio-technical implications of the vast array of computation, computing, and computers encountered in their everyday lives? How might we analyze and interpret the very human expression and/or manifestation of, for example, fear, opportunism, delight, innovation, belief, indifference, or reliance in the face of such developments? Through this hands on seminar, students will use a variety of theoretical and philosophical lenses to interrogate popular and academic readings in both historical and emerging areas of contemporary inquiry including software studies, feminist HCI, critical information visualization, the sharing economy, and media archaeology. In parallel, we will critically analyze a broad collection of design, art, architectural, engineering, and activist works that engage computation in technical, cultural, and provocative ways. Throughout the semester, students will work on embodying their own ideas and responses to the course content in physical and digital forms, culminating in an end of semester pop-up exhibition.

Taught By: Aisling Kelliher