WGS 324 • TRANS: DANGEROUS BRDR VIOLATNS
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course is an exploration into the media and technologies of identity, with emphasis on transgender and transsexuality across cultures and throughout history. We will: conduct a global historical survey of the practices of transsexual and transgendered people from antiquity to the present; review changes in scientific perspectives on the design and significance of the male/female body as well as intersexed and transsexual bodies; discuss gender, prosthetics, cyborgs, and the relation of the posthuman to media production; and explore the function of the transsexual figure in films, pulp fiction, and popular culture. You will produce physical and/ or digital projects, including video and film, as well as research papers, in line with the ACTLab emphasis on making. Class is in studio and discussion format. This means that your active participation is a requirement of the course. During the semester I expect you to contribute your own ideas and arguments to the discussions, and to be willing to take the risks such contributions imply. There are no written exams. Instead you will use the theories and tools you acquire during the semester to MAKE STUFF about some aspect of Trans. What you make can be in any form: sound, installation, film, video, computer animation, digital-fu, collage, sculpture, assemblage, performance, etc. You will do this in stages, starting with simple projects and moving to more complex ones, using humor, irony, uncommon approaches, and bizarre techniques. You will make a total of three projects: two relatively small projects and one larger final project. They are due at roughly four week intervals during the semester. Take risks! Amaze us! In ACTLab New Media courses we assume a high level of motivation on your part and your willingness to self-start, set your own goals, think independently, collaborate with others, seek help when you need it, and take risks. Let's make it an interesting semester! UPPER-DIVISION STANDING REQUIRED. DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 35 OR FEWER STUDENTS. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR MUST BE OBTAINED. MEETS WITH RTF 331R, RTF 390N AND WGS 393.