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Towards a Philosophy of Photography
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This would be a two or three session course in which we would read/discuss Vilém Flusser's "Towards a Philosophy of Photography" (http://www.amazon.com/Towards-Philosophy-Photography-Vilem-Flusser/dp/1861890761/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235588916&sr=8-1). The first session would focus exclusively on this text. In the following sessions we would read shorter pieces by Flusser as well a chapter from "Media Ecologies" by Mathew Fuller (http://www.amazon.com/Media-Ecologies-Materialist-Energies-Technoculture/dp/026256226X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235589094&sr=1-1). Vilém Flusser (May 12, 1920 – November 27, 1991) was a philosopher born in Czechoslovakia. He lived for a long period in Brazil and later in France, and his works are written in several different languages. His early work was marked by discussion of the thought of Martin Heidegger, and by the influence of existentialism and phenomenology. Phenomenology would play a major role in the transition to the later phase of his work, in which he turned his attention to the philosophy of communication and of artistic production. He contributed to the dichotomy in history: the period of image worship, and period of text worship, with deviations consequently into idolatry and "textolatry". More from Wikipedia on Flusser: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilém_Flusser And some writing on Flusser: http://www.flusserstudies.net/

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Good day. Anyone got more info on the minutes of this events? I am a photography student / apprentice at ABP and need to write a paper on "Philosophy of Photography" - the reason why I stumbled upon this page via Google.  Thank you for your help.

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Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that we'll be having our final (bonus!) meeting tmr night (Tuesday @ 7pm). We'll be reading the texts below. They are based on threads that have emerged from conversations that we have been having but not "directly" related so feel free to take a look a show up even if you haven't been able to make it previously.

1. Protocol (excerpt) by Alex Galloway: http://a.aaaarg.org/text/2586/protocol-article
2. Notes on the Theory of the Actor Network: Ordering, Strategy and Heterogeneity by John Law: http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3039/notes-theory-actor-network-ordering-strate...
3. New Philosophy for New Media by Mark Hansen: http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3038/new-philosophy-new-media-introduction
All of these texts are very different from one another so expect a schizoid class! Also, if you are interested in reading more on ANT check out this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actor-Network_Theory
and this: http://books.google.com/books?id=Pdr6jbCGORsC

see you tmr,
c

Thanks, Caleb! Perfect timing... I'll have some great plane reading.

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Hi everyone,

I just uploaded our final readings for the final meeting (next Tuesday at 7:00).

1. Protocol (excerpt) by Alex Galloway: http://a.aaaarg.org/text/2586/protocol-article
2. Notes on the Theory of the Actor Network: Ordering, Strategy and Heterogeneity by John Law: http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3039/notes-theory-actor-network-ordering-strate...
3. New Philosophy for New Media by Mark Hansen: http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3038/new-philosophy-new-media-introduction

All of these texts are very different from one another so expect a schizoid class! Also, if you are interested in reading more on ANT check out this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actor-Network_Theory
and this: http://books.google.com/books?id=Pdr6jbCGORsC

See you next week!
-c

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hi everyone,

there was a request that I make some sorta chart to map out Flusser's cosmology. I gave it a shot which can be found below. This is a working document that we can tweak together. Also note that I threw in a column for "Information"...the time period Flusser was pointing to that we are in(?).

http://calebwaldorf.net/photographic_universe.pdf

see you in a couple of hours!

-c

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hi everyone,

I am not going to assign an additional reading for this week. I think we have enough to go off of and we will definitely have another class to cover other topics.

see you all tmr!

-c

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Thanks everyone for a great first meeting!

I've uploaded the two texts I mentioned for next week and will add a 3rd by Sunday.

See you soon,
Caleb

Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture (excerpt)
written by Matthew Fuller
http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3022/media-ecologies-materialist-energies-art-a...

Double or Nothing: The Art of Douglas Huebler
written by John Miller
http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3021/double-or-nothing-art-douglas-huebler

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Thanks everyone for a great first meeting!

I've uploaded the two texts I mentioned for next week and will add a 3rd by Sunday.

See you soon,
Caleb

Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture (excerpt)
written by Matthew Fuller
http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3022/media-ecologies-materialist-energies-art-a...

Double or Nothing: The Art of Douglas Huebler
written by John Miller
http://a.aaaarg.org/text/3021/double-or-nothing-art-douglas-huebler

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Hi everyone,
Just wanted to post a reminder that our first class will be on Tuesday at 7pm. You should coming having read "Towards a Philosophy of Photography" which can be found here: http://aaaarg.org/towards-a-philosophy-of-photography-html
See you soon!
-caleb

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Great.

So the first meeting will be on the 21st, not the 16th.

-c

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