21A.S01 Paranormal Machines

Paranormal Machines:
Technologies of Enchantment
in Science, Art, and Culture

 

NEW SUBJECT! SPECIAL TOPIC! ANTHROPOLOGY & STUDIO ART

21A.S01
Fall 2019, M/W 1-3, 12 units
10-150 MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery
Graham Jones & Seth Riskin

Focuses on technological strategies for detecting and measuring paranormal phenomena, from traditional divination devices to the electromagnetic field meters of present-day ghost hunters. Introduces anthropological research on paranormal beliefs in different cultures and explores art as a method for altering perception and generating paranormal experiences such as strange coincidences, eerie presences, and unaccountable sensations.

Combination of seminar discussion and studio work will culminate in final project of creating interactive paranormal interfaces.

Contact Graham Jones - gmj@mit.edu - if you would like additional information about the course.