Occupy: The Politics of Form
This class will take up what might be called the "formal" questions raised by the Occupy movement, interrogating the forms of protest, assembly, agitprop, performance, governance, caring, response, and communication that have arisen in this activist environment. We will analyze coverage of Occupy in the mainstream media. Readings will also be drawn from publications such as the Occupy Wall Street Journal, Artists Bloc, and Occupy Theory. We will pay particular attention to the visual culture of Occupy - including websites, graphics, habitats, YouTubes, and DIY signage. By investigating the deep historical contexts that inflect Occupy and its representation, we will analyze how social justice movements form and gain momentum in and through the visual arena.