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Forward: I get a chance to mix Feminist writingingingz with art theory shtuff and I want to do it right: CALLING THE HIVEMIND!

So I get to fully teach my own undergraduates next semester, and in addition, I get to develop the syllabus and the readings, because it's a new course. The class is Drawing in the Digital age, and I'm expected to get undergrads with maybe 1-2 drawing classes or design classes in their belts. I'll be teaching them a dash of color theory and graphic design (Bauhaus much?), a few life-drawing techniques, a lot of Adobe CS shtuff, and the OPPORTUNITY to teach them a lot of theory.

So here's my shortlist on shit-they-must-read-and-why:

Walter Benjamin, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction sets the tone for what technological and social transformation mean in the context of art.


Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism introduces the idea of the saturated image, and what it means to share pop culture, essentially. Really picks it up where Benjamin left it.



Eduardo Navas, Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling then dives into what it means that we have a new conceptual tool: "cut and copy." First analog, and now ubiquitous in the digital era, we have a plethora of ways to appropriate and manipulate information. This is a new kind of thought, and again picks up where Jameson left off.

So what I'm looking for is other stuff that applies specifically to postmodern consciousness in the digital age, and I think intersectionality is definitely an unexamined part of both technological and social transformation. What I'm inclined to do right now is real close reads of some bell hooks and Crenshaw, and assemble basically, relevant sections of the writing and provide the opportunity and encouragement for further reading on the subject. My faculty supervisors are really cool people and are giving me a lot of leeway here, so I'd love every opportunity y'all can think of to cite academic or non-academic writings on the topic. What I put in this class is likely to stay for many subsequent years, which really fucking excites me!

Anyone got any killer readings they'd love the aspiring artist to read ?