CACS Case Studies: Uncanny

 Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. UNCANNY (Image: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/040210-who-is-afraid-of-the-uncanny-valley) UNCANNY (unheimlich) That which is unfamiliar—or more literally, un-homely—in the familiar or homely (what we know). In a famous essay, ‘Das Unheimliche’ (1919), Freud argued that the uncanny is the feeling we get when an experience that occurred by chance […]

Read More CACS Case Studies: Uncanny

CACS Case studies: Affect

 Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. AFFECT BEFORE CLASS READ: Loh, Maria 2011, ‘Outscreaming the Laocoön: Sensation, Special Affects, and the Moving Image’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 393-414. CONCEPT: AFFECT That which the body and mind suffers (in the classical philosophical sense), which means simply […]

Read More CACS Case studies: Affect

CACS Case studies: Body

Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. CONCEPT BODY: Critical theory’s interest in the body (usually, though not exclusively, taken to mean the human body) is quite diverse and dates back to French philosopher René Descartes’ s famous splitting of the mind from the body. With the exception of Baruch […]

Read More CACS Case studies: Body

CACS Case studies: Aboriginality

Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. ABORIGINALITY In this case study we look at concepts of power, race and identity from an indigenous perspective. We look at the social and cultural conditions for the establishment and critique of power both historically and in Australia today. We focus in particular […]

Read More CACS Case studies: Aboriginality

CACS Case studies: Representation

Background for this post is here, rest of the series is here. REPRESENTATION (Image: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2013/oct/02/portrait-of-an-enigma-diego-velazquez-las-meninas) CONCEPT: REPRESENTATION The image of an idea or thing. At its most basic, representation means two things: (i) creating something that can stand for another thing—this is the sense in which a metaphor, to give only one example, is a […]

Read More CACS Case studies: Representation