Course Description

MIT 4035G (Winter 2012)   The Mechanical Flower

Instructor: T. Blackmore

Course Description
Steel petals open, a new culture of technology rises. Technological roots dig below the skin of the earth to create a rhizome of connectedness that will transplant our world from the bio- to the technosphere. This course examines our persistent anxiety and exhilaration about technology as a force that can both save and destroy us, spiritually, emotionally, physically. Our technological culture fosters certain kinds of reassuring images that are diagnostic of anxious responses to a baffling mechanical environment. In order to assuage our uneasiness about the technosphere, our cultural narratives depict machines that are relatively simple to comprehend and easy to master; other narratives counter machine myths, creating panic in the mechanical hothouse. Looking out over new Arcadia we see calm rows of mechanical flowers nodding in the electric breeze.

Course Outline for MIT 4035G (Winter 2012)
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Prerequisites: Restricted to year 4 Hons MIT

3 lecture hours, 0.5 course