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Written by Kenlynn Albright, edited by Neta Bomani

Reading, Writing & Compiling is a workshop series stewarded by Neta Bomani and Kenlynn Albright for the School for Poetic Computation’s summer COCOON session. The series took place on Wednesdays and Fridays July through August and featured workshops by Jie Qi, Natalie Freed, Yuchen Chang, Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Neta Bomani which interrogated ways of reading, writing, compiling and learning with and without computers.

Reading, Writing & Compiling consisted of the following workshops:

  • Paper System: Intro to Artists’ Books…

Dear SFPC community,

We would like to share with you a message about the School for Poetic Computation’s transformation. Over the past year, a group of students, teachers, staff members, and organizers have begun stewarding SFPC. The people working together to steward SFPC during this transition are: Zainab Aliyu, Todd Anderson, American Artist, Neta Bomani, Emma Rae Bruml, Luke Demarest, Melanie Hoff, Tiri Kananuruk, Celine Wong Katzman, Taylor Levy, Ashley Jane Lewis, Galen Macdonald, Sebastian Morales, Amber Officer-Narvasa, and Che-Wei Wang. We’re learning together now, developing new leadership models as we go — committed to working cooperatively with each other…

For the last ten weeks, a group of learners met every week for Teaching as Art class at the School for Poetic Computation. For our final project, we are presenting workshops, experiences, and explorations.

Teaching, learning and unlearning can be a way to make sense of the unsettling world, to build a web of care and accountability and create micro-institutions for larger, social change.

Please join us for a series of online, free workshops.

Teacher: Taeyoon Choi
Teaching Assistant: Ashley Jane Lewis

To register, please click on the student names.

August 21, 2020 EST

2 PM — Introduction to Modular…

What’s your name? Where are you from? What do you do?

Hi! I’m Celine. I’m a writer and curator from New York. My work is focused on artists and creative practitioners who critically engage with new technologies, emphasizing social, political, and ecological responsibility. I recently completed a year-long curatorial fellowship at the Queens Museum. I have worked at the School for Poetic Computation since February 2018.

How did you discover SFPC?

I first visited SFPC when a friend from college, Max Fowler, invited me to the Fall 2017 Student Showcase. I was impressed by the ingenuity and poetry I saw…

Q: What’s your name? Where do you come from? What were you doing before SFPC?

My name is Shea Fitzpatrick, and I live in Brooklyn, studied in Connecticut, and grew up in New Jersey (clearly I’ve never strayed far). I’m a self-taught designer by trade, a writer for fun, and a longtime artist and musician. I technically have an American Studies degree, but I studied a lot of art, poetry, and performance within that frame.

Before SFPC, I was a user interface designer with an art practice. I applied to the January iteration of Code Societies, led by Melanie Hoff

Keina Konno — Video Engineer, YCAM

This post is about the the School for Poetic Computation’s SFPC Summer 2019 in Yamaguchi at YCAM. You can also read Taeyoon’s introduction, and recaps from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7 and Day 8.

My name is Keina Konno. I work for Yamaguchi Center of Arts and Media(YCAM) as R&D staff and Video Engineer. For “SFPC Summer 2019 in Yamaguchi”, I have worked as the project manager. It was my first experience working as an organizer.

In March 2019, I visited School for Poetic Computation…

blog post by Gia Castello & Esther Bouquet. video by Olivia Ross.

Day 1: Credit the artists that inspire you

Today we had our first code-poetry class with Fernando Ramallo. Fernando is a creative coder whose work focuses on making playful interactions like games and tools for making games. Fernando opened us up to a whole new universe by showing us that we can make our own tools! It’s as easy as adding a ‘save’ functionality to something we’ve created. One of the advantages of making your own tools is you can build something for your particular needs. …

blog post by Gia Castello & Esther Bouquet. video by Olivia Ross.

Day 1: On pixel manipulation

Last weekend, a few of us visited Storm King. The giant sculptures were inspiring and the site was so peaceful which was a welcomed break to our daily, noisy, New York City routine.

blog post by Gia Castello & Esther Bouquet. video by Olivia Ross.

Day 1:

The week started after another busy weekend full of events. We went to Radical Networks to support Esther, one of the current students who was showing an installation at the event. We also went to Gowanus Open Studios and Westbeth Open Studios, both of which allow people to see artists work spaces and ask questions.

In Zach’s class, we reviewed Muriel Cooper’s artwork. We were impressed by her talks and quotes and as classwork, we collaboratively compiled her work in a document. …

blog post by Gia Castello & Esther Bouquet. video by Olivia Ross.

Day 1: Recreating the past is a big deal

After a busy weekend visiting galleries in lower east side where some of us met Manfred Mohr, we started the week with Zach’s class, Recreating the Past.

Lia, Katherine, Francisco, Manfred, Iain and Gia at Manfred Mohr’s exhibition.

We reviewed last week’s homework, recreating Vera Molnar’s artworks, in small groups and collectively shared our difficulties and problems we encountered. As we all have different backgrounds, our issues were varied: for one, it was situated at the logic applied to the code to recreate a hand-drawn artwork, for another it was the geometric variations.

Zach encouraged us to share…


School for Poetic Computation—since Fall 2013.

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