Existentialism in a nutshell: art and popular culture

Course Dates: 16/11/20 - 07/12/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Tutors:

Themes of absurdity and randomness are central to existentialist art. Is life as presented in popular culture especially absurd?

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

Taking the novels of J. G. Ballard as a frame of reference, the banality, alienation and violence of consumer culture as it is present in Pop Art, Cinema, TV and other media will be explored from an existential perspective.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• J G Ballard’s ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ and ‘Crash’ as inventories of popular, consumer culture.
• The significance of ‘surface’ in pop culture.
• The ‘why’ of violence in pop culture from an existential perspective.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss the ‘absurdity’ of pop, consumer culture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory. An interest in exploring ideas in a philosophical manner would be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Bring note-taking equipment of your own preference.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in HP117 - Phenomenology: embodiment, language and gender, beginning in January 2021.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HP127

Mon, eve, 16 Nov - 07 Dec '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £42.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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