Militarized Aesthetics: War, Image, Asia

Subject associations
COM 556 / EAS 556 / MOD 556
Fall 2022
Erin Y. Huang
Registrar description

What is media's role in shaping the materiality and definition of modern warfare? From image-making machines, drones to algorithms, and satellite mapping to artificial intelligence, war is the inventor of new visual and sensory regimes that give shape to the post/human environments we inhabit. This seminar considers classic French and German media theory on war in a new light, by focusing on Asia (Vietnams, Koreas, Chinas) as the primary site of sensory warfare, and the new inventor of experimental technologies of control. We probe the history of militarized aesthetics and unpack the operations of war machines.