• Alexander R. Galloway and Taeyoon Choi.
  • School for Poetic Computation (SFPC), 155 Bank street, NYC.
  • Lectures: June 20th and June 28th, 2018, 6~9pm.
  • Exhibition: June 20th to June 28th, 2018, 1~6pm.
  • Featuring Cybernetics Library and Cori Kresge.
  • The event is full. Apply to be waitlistd, Limited seating.
  • The talks and performances will be documented with video. The video will be available by August, 2018 via SFPC’s social media channels.


According to digital philosophers, the world is a computer and everything inside it is computable. But is this entirely true? What about things that fall outside the bounds of the computable? Alan Turing demonstrated that there are kinds of problems that are computable and kinds of problems that are not, providing a theoretical answer to the question of the uncomputable. But there is also a practical answer: how many computer cycles do you have at your disposal? If you want to crack high-grade encryption, can you afford to crunch the numbers until the sun burns out? In this project we will explore the realm of the uncomputable. In the digital realm the uncomputable appears in logical paradoxes and rational incompleteness. In the analog realm the uncomputable consists of all those things that remain ungovernable, unspeakable, or unseeable. Come explore with us the binary present, and the non-binary future. Come explore the uncomputable.

Uncomputable consists of lectures by Alexander R. Galloway on June 20th and June 28th, 6~9pm and an exhibition by Taeyoon Choi that will be open to the public between June 20th and 28th. Uncomputable is free, please apply for the lectures as seating is limited. Uncomputable is made possible with the support of The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and the School for Poetic Computation.

Alexander R. Galloway

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012). His collaboration with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation, has recently been published by the University of Chicago Press. With Jason E. Smith, Galloway co-translated the Tiqqun book Introduction to Civil War (Semiotext[e], 2010). For ten years he worked with RSG on Carnivore, Kriegspiel and other software projects. Galloway’s newest project is a monograph on the work of François Laruelle, published in October 2014. He is an associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

Taeyoon Choi

Taeyoon Choi is an artist, a co-founder of School for Poetic Computation. In 2018, Taeyoon is working on Distributed Web of Care and ongoing research with a critical perspective towards technology, ethics, justice and sensitivity to the concept of personhood. His art practice involves social practice, software, electronics, paintings, and installations. He was an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace, The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. His projects were presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As a fellow at Data and Society, he’s focusing on disability and normalcy, and enhancing inclusion within art and technology. He’s an adjunct professor at NYU ITP, where he teaches ‘Teaching as Art.’

Cybernetics Library

The Cybernetics Library is: Sarah Hamerman, David Isaac Hecht, Dan Taeyoung, Charles Eppley, Sam Hart, Melanie Hoff. The Cybernetics Library is an interdisciplinary browsing library that re-contextualizes the expansive history of cybernetic thought and practice. Unexpected connections between art, technology, and society are facilitated from a contemporary vantage. The Cybernetics Library collects and re-codes texts and ideas across various fields of inquiry in order to reposition cybernetics as a generative approach to understanding how we are embedded in pervasive technological systems. Furthermore, the library considers issues of ethics and bias within technological systems, asking how we might create possibilities to critique and affect those systems. The Cybernetics Library is structured as a collective organization that builds upon it’s members’ wide-ranging research interests. Through its continually evolving collection and technological components, the library aims to generate feedback between publications, digital information, physical installations, and the readers themselves. The Cybernetics Library is presening a special collection for Uncomputable.

Cori Kresge

Cori Kresge is a NYC based dancer and teacher. She has a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and the Dean’s Award for “breaking the mold.” In 2005 Kresge received a Darmasiswa International Scholarship, studying Balinese dance in Indonesia. She has been a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, José Navas/Compagnie Flak, and Stephen Petronio Company. She currently freelances and collaborates with various artists including Esme Boyce, Bill Young, Sarah Skaggs, Ellen Cornfield, Rashaun Mitchell+Silas Riener, Rebecca Lazier, Wendy Osserman, Glitter Kitty Productions, multi-media artist Liz Magic Laser, and film maker Zuzka Kurtz.

How can I participate?

The event is full. You can Apply to be waitlisted. We will accept up to 50 participants on a rolling basis. We will respond to your application within 3 weeks of submission. Please understand we may not be able to accomodate all applicants.

How much is tuition?

Uncomputable is a free event, thanks to The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and the School for Poetic Computation. If you’d like to make donation to this event, please contact us.

What is expected of me?

  • Read the suggested articles in advance.
  • Participate in both lectures on June 20th and June 28th, 6~9pm.
  • Adhere to the SFPC Code of Conduct, provided upon acceptance.

Where is SFPC?

We are located in 155 Bank street, in the courtyard of the Westbeth Artists Community in the West Village, New York City.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact Taeyoon Choi (taeyoon@sfpc.io) for any questions.

Image credits: Taeyoon Choi