Introduced by: Lauren Berlant
Comments by: Bill Brown
Description: University of Chicago Associate Professor, Patrick Jagoda, will discuss his book Network Aesthetics, which, in exploring how popular culture mediates our experience with interconnected life, reveals the network’s role as a way for people to construct and manage their world—and their view of themselves.
Each chapter considers how popular media and artistic forms make sense of decentralized network metaphors and infrastructures. Patrick Jagoda first examines narratives from the 1990s and 2000s, including the novel Underworld, the film Syriana, and the television series The Wire, all of which play with network forms to promote reflection on domestic crisis and imperial decline in contemporary America. Jagoda then looks at digital media that are interactive, nonlinear, and dependent on connected audiences to show how recent approaches, such as those in the videogame Journey, open up space for participatory and improvisational thought.
Reception to Follow
Bio: Patrick Jagoda is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He works in the fields of new media studies and twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture. Within these areas, his teaching and research focuses on digital games, electronic literature, virtual worlds, television, cinema, the novel, and media theory. More detailed information on his research, and a list of recent publications, can be found here.
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