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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

Data Extraction, Materiality and Agency

Grundlagenseminar Netze

Basic seminar
WS 23/24
Target group
Basic Studies

No need to register beforehand.

Seminar given in English.

Dates - place & time

08.11.2324.01.24MittwochWöchentlich10:00 - 13:00Filzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02
from-to10:00 - 13:00
LocationFilzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02

Seminar description

Our so-called networked society has failed so far to transpose the logic of interconnectedness into our lives.
Citizens are becoming increasingly machine-like and dependent on data, threatening the connection between humans and their natural habitats. Although most of our daily transactions are carried out through electronic devices, we know very little of the apparatus that facilitates such interactions, or in other words, about the factory that lies beyond the interface.
In this seminar, we will perform an in-depth exploration of the interface as a well-engineered capitalist machine that disconnects users from the material complexities of global chains of commodity and data production—and also social reproduction—with the aim of increasing economic profit. Thus, it is necessary to trace the connections that exist between things—as well as the workload involved in the basic maintenance of those connections—if the user is to fully understand the systems they operate in, in order to balance and repair the profoundly asymmetrical distribution of agency, energy, labor, time, care and resources within these planetary networks.

The goal of this seminar is not only to foster an understanding of these systems, but also to empower students with the knowledge and tools to re-balance and repair the existing disparities.

Office hours:

Thursdays, 10:00 – 13:00 h either at Atelier Netze or at the office.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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