Arts, Technology and Philosophy

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode UCG2HU06
Vaknaam Arts, Technology and Philosophy
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Arts, Technology and Philosophy
Leerdoelen By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Have a better understanding of the subtle intersections between the arts, technology, and
philosophy and the productive nature of these intersections.
2. Discuss and compare scholarly literature about a selection of historical case studies.
and philosophy can be made fruitful.
3. Work together in interdisciplinary groups to produce a multi-layered perspective on a contemporary issue of their own choice.
4. Effectively contribute to discussions about issues that reach beyond their own immediate
5. Reflect upon their knowledge and personal development.
6. Keep track of their own progress in written form and reflect on it.
Omschrijving In this course, we will focus on the fruitful intersections between three mIn this course, we will focus on the fruitful intersections between three modes of knowledge: arts, technology, and philosophy. Each of these modes has implications for the way we perceive the world.
- The arts invent imaginary realms that show the existing world in a new light and make it possible to adapt perspectives that are not our own.
- Technology produces devices and apparatuses that either extend our own perceptual capacities or introduce new, non-human forms of perception.
- Philosophy creates concepts that allow us to think the world in novel ways, changing our conception of whole fields of perception.

These three modes of knowledge are distinct from each other, but cannot be fully separated. Often the most fruitful and stimulating ideas come from intersections between them, when findings in one field are made fruitful in another. In this course we will do this by bringing two groups of students together: UCG students (representing a more scholarly perspective) and students from the Minerva Art Academy (representing a more artistic perspective). The aim of the course is to combine these perspectives and to experiment with the three modes of knowing mentioned above. We will do so by establishing collaborations in which interdisciplinary groups of students will work together o a project of their own choice.

The course will be de divided in two parts. First we will explore the intersections between arts, technology, and philosophy by discussing a series of key texts. In response to these texts, students will be asked to bring in their own examples (UCG students) or to come up with a proposal for an artwork (Minerva students), or to combine these two. In the second half of the course, students will work on the interdisciplinary group projects, building on the material from the first half of the course.

The course will be given in collaboration with the artist Roland Schimmel and about half of the students will come from the Minerva Art Academy.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Seminar
(Seminar (first half), group project (second half))
Toetsvorm Group Project
(Collective report (group project), including an individual essay)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator drs. B. Barnard
Docent(en) drs. B. Barnard
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
no literature required, readings will be provided
Opmerkingen The artist Roland Schimmel will teach parts of this course.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 2) - semester I a keuze