課程資訊
課程名稱
生命符號學與藝術能動性
Biosemiotics and Artistic Agency 
開課學期
111-1 
授課對象
學程  藝術設計學分學程  
授課教師
簡瑞碧 
課號
FL2221 
課程識別碼
102 24580 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期四3,4,5(10:20~13:10) 
上課地點
博雅312 
備註
本課程中文授課,使用英文教科書。藝術設計學程人文藝術類。
限學士班二年級以上
總人數上限:20人 
 
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課程概述

This course explores the emergence and application of the concept of agency in objects, including animals, plants, and types of artistic output. The interchange between objects and subjects, or rather, that between living beings and their environments, has been regarded a fundamental issue in such various disciplines as anthropology, sociology, evolution theory, and semiotics. Recently, the issue has been gaining prominence due to the rise of cognitive science and catastrophic events in the environment. People are concerned to learn how objects can affect them in their everyday lives. Thus, this course examines notions of agency that Darwin, Uexkull, Peirce, Gell, and Latour have theorized, seeking to integrate their viewpoints on animal instinct and the functioning of an intelligent network that includes both humans and non-humans. In terms of philosophical import, such an approach serves to strengthen the link between biology and Peircean pragmatism that values objects as our social and psychic receptacles. In addition, this course may contribute to the conceptualization of a biosemiotic approach to aesthetics and art history. It provides aestheticians and art historians with the means of an adjustable network that serves to induce interpretations of art objects in view of reassembling the social ties between humans and non-human entities in a community.  

課程目標
This course guides students to reflect on the following issues: (1) how we can improve approaches for studying art, nature and culture; (2) how we can apply semiotic thinking while working out tasks of all kinds. 
課程要求
Students are required to (1) preview contents for each week; (2) participate rigorously in discussions; (3) keep reading journals; (4) lead peer discussions of certain topics. 
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
另約時間 
參考書目
 
指定閱讀
 
評量方式
(僅供參考)
 
No.
項目
百分比
說明
1. 
Attendance and participation  
20% 
 
2. 
Briefings on articles 
20% 
1X 
3. 
Peer-led discussion  
20% 
1X 
4. 
Journals  
40% 
3X 
 
針對學生困難提供學生調整方式
 
上課形式
以錄音輔助
作業繳交方式
學生與授課老師協議改以其他形式呈現
考試形式
書面(口頭)報告取代考試
其他
由師生雙方議定
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
第1週
9/08  Introduction  
第2週
9/15  I. Evolutionary theory & Peircean pragmatism
Romanes & Darwin 
第3週
9/22  I. Romanes & Darwin 
第4週
9/29  I. Peirce 
第5週
10/06  I. Peirce 
第6週
10/13  PLD 1 
第7週
10/20  II. Co-evolutionary aesthetics & speculative design
Uexkull 
第8週
10/27  II. Uexkull 
第9週
11/03  Midterm break 
第10週
11/10  II. Dunne & Raby 
第11週
11/17  II. Dunne & Raby 
第12週
11/24  PLD 2 
第13週
12/01  III. Agency, art nexus, & social network
Gell 
第14週
12/08  III. Gell / Latour 
第15週
12/15  III. Latour 
第16週
12/22  PLD 3