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Spring 2020 Immersive
- March 30 — June 5, 2020
Join SFPC’s ten-week intensive program in New York City. Daily classes range from programming, electronics, poetry and the history and theory of art and technology. Students have full access to the space to work on projects. Teachers and mentors are readily available for technical, conceptual, and artistic guidance.
Poetic Computation: 7 years of SFPC
- January 11 - January 23, 2020
We are excited to announce Poetic Computation: 7 years of SFPC an exhibition at the Westbeth Gallery, NYC. January 11 - January 23, 2020. Opening January 16, 6pm. The exhibition, created with volunteer efforts, will feature projects by our teachers and alums. Public programs to be announced. Mark your calendar!
Code Movement, Nov. 10, 17, 24, & Dec. 1; 1-4PM learn more.
- Led by movement teacher, performer, bodyworker, and writer Cori Kresge, this class will look at code as a resource, applying it to dance practices and community. We will focus on interpreting and creating systems of coding, scoring, and encrypting, using the body’s senses, gestures, and mechanics both individually and collectively. Together, we will cultivate practices that attempt to override the ego constructs that often obstruct or inhibit our learning and creativity.
Fall 2019 Student Showcase, Dec. 1 & Dec. 2; learn more.
- This showcase is an open studio, a chance to observe the students’ journey of poetic computation and see their works in progress. Come meet our amazing students of the Fall 2019 cohort, celebrate their hard work and hang out. We will be open:
- Sunday Dec. 1st ~ 1pm - 6pm (performances between 4 - 6pm)
- Monday Dec. 2nd ~ 3pm - 9pm
Code Societies, Jan. 6th - Jan. 25th, 2020; evening classes from 6:30pm - 9:30pm learn more.
- We will challenge the division between those who code software and those who are coded by it. We will examine how code and societies shape and are shaped by each other by building new codes made of the the digital, the social, and the ritual, on a foundation of shared experience and a commitment to learning with care together.
Fall 2019 Immersive 10-week program covering programming, electronics, and the history and theory of art and technology.
Poetic Computation: Detroit. 1 week session: August 19-25, 2019.
SFPC Summer 2019 in Yamaguchi 1 week session: September 4-11, 2019.
PUT INTO WORDS A weekend long writing class for artists and technologists by Joanne McNeil, March 22 - 24th.
Spring 2019 March 4th - May 17th, 2019. Our immersive 10-week program covering programming, electronics, and the history and theory of art and technology.
Code Paper Scissors, a two-Week Session exploring the wide variety of ways that a piece of paper can produce function. Lead by paper engineer/designer Kelli Anderson and origami artist/developer Robby Kraft. February 4th - February 17th, 2019 with evening classes from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Code Societies Winter 2019 examines the ideological and corporeal attributes of computation; concentrating on the poetics and politics of culturally embedded software. How do different platforms and processes — including algorithms, data collection, social media, infrastructure, and interface — yield distinct modes of seeing, thinking, feeling, and reinforce existing systems of power? Through a balanced study of critical theory discussion and hands-on coding workshops, students will create small projects that explore and question these ideas. Three-Week Session, January 7th - January 26th
Code Ecologies December 15, 2018.
New York Tech Zine Fair December 1, 2018.
Code Words July 29 - August 3, 2018. A one-week session exploring how computation relates to language and art, focusing on literary art and poetry.
Code Societies July 2nd - Saturday July 21st, 2018. Code Societies examines the ideological and mythological attributes of computation, concentrating on the poetics and politics of culturally embedded software.
Uncomputable June 20th and June 28th, 2018. A series of lectures and exhibition by Alexander R. Galloway and Taeyoon Choi.
What is the School for Poetic Computation?
School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) is a hybrid of school, artist residency and research group where students develop a deep curiosity of what it means to work poetically in computational media. SFPC began as a school run by artists for artists. In the past we have held a combinations of two-week and ten-week intensive sessions.
SFPC is not a technical bootcamp, it is an opportunity to work with a group of faculty, visiting artists, and peers to focus on exploring artistic practice through computation. Computation is poetic when technology is used for critical thinking and aesthetic inquiry – a space where logic meets electricity (hardware), math meets language (software) and analytical thinking meets creative experimentation (theory).
This article featuring two teachers provides more insight on what teaching and learning feels like at SFPC or you can check out some of the student’s blogs from previous sessions: Yeseul, Chris, Toru, Andy, Sarah and Robby. Finally, our FAQ.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for autodidacts from all backgrounds who are curious, generous and open. Anyone with a passion to explore poetic computation is invited and celebrate diversity in all forms. We expect that you are eager to experiment, learn from failure and come fully dedicated to this ten week experience meaning you will commit to engage with SFPC full-time.
In the past, we have had students with a broad array of technical experiences and we were delighted, though unsurprised, that everyone had something to learn from each other. A group of faculty leads a selection process that is based on applicant’s answers to an application form, work samples, and short interviews. Upon acceptance, a selection of reading and prep work will be assigned to you to complete prior to attending SFPC.
What is expected of me?
Acceptance into the session is an invitation to join the SFPC community. Full-time participation during the ten weeks is mandatory. This also means you come prepared to all of the classes, do the homework, and engage with the community. We expect our students to be in the school between 10am~5pm, Monday to Friday.
It’s also expected that you work openly – sharing what you learn along the way and collaborate with your peers. The success of the session for the group is dependent on engaged participation throughout the term. By participating you will be actively shaping an emerging culture of open source and transparent education.
What are classes like?
SFPC’s main program takes place over ten weeks in New York City with daily classes that range from programming, electronics, and the history and theory of art and technology. There are student-led skill sharing sessions, lectures and workshops with visiting artists, visits to institutions, schools, art spaces and dinners with special guests.
We select up to 18 participants a session. Classes vary in length and are usually held Monday-Friday between 10am and 5pm. Students have full access to the space to work on projects between classes with teachers and mentors readily available for technical, conceptual, and artistic guidance. Peer to peer collaboration is highly encouraged among participant. We celebrate with a final student showcase where students get to share their projects with the larger SFPC community.
SFPC classes are typically structured around the following concepts: Computation and artistic practice, Language design as creative practice, Electronics and physical computing, Theory and philosophy for technology, and Code Poetry (Electronic literature and generatie poetry). The idea behind these interconnected topics is to build on SFPC’s core curriculum by exploring common ground where we can take the ideas developed in our classroom into the streets and studio. Check out Call for Spring 2018 for a full listing of classes.
How can I help SFPC?
We are actively seeking private, corporate and institutional support to open our door to more diverse students. If you are interested in sponsoring a student, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are able to receive tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor.
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.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about the school: email@example.com
SFPC is filled with amazing people and an open mindset to learning, and doing. It has taught me different ways of thinking, ones that I would be sure to bring back to my endeavors outside of the art world.
I'm half way through the program and I'm already missing being here. SFPC was a much needed breath of fresh air in my hectic creative existence, an unlikely place to stop and remind myself what was it I was into in the first place.
SFPC messed up my life a little bit. Actually, I think it's going to mess it up a lot. Before this program I thought I knew what I was doing and what the shape of my life was going to look like. Now I don't and each day I wake up scared I won't get to be a part of a community like this again. Everyday also now brings a fresh but welcome creative terror to overcome. Also I think I may have ended up moving to New York accidentally.
SFPC is the best place you can explore your interest as much as you want and the place you start to write your own poem.
SFPC is not really a school or a course — it is more like a door into an extraordinary world. It is driven by passion, kindness and the thrill of teaching and learning. I would love to live those inspiring weeks all over again.
SFPC was amazing — life-changing even — i want to do all this stuff for the rest of my life!
I've never been consistently surprised and inspired as much as at SFPC.
If you think SFPC is what you think, that will be wrong. SFPC is a space for a group of people who badly want to try something new. SFPC will become a spirit embedded in your blood which makes you think things with a different angle, just like its motto: more poetry, less demo.
I learned a lot at SFPC. It was only a 2 week program last time, but I learned many things from other participants and got the chance to explore and fail freely. SFPC helped me to reshape the way I think. It's your turn.
School For Poetic Computation is equal parts The Factory, childhood blanket fort, and mad scientist's lab. I learned a ton from the teachers and the whole SFPC community in a huge collaborative and exploratory environment.
Attending SFPC is like walking into an all day buffet supplied with food from hyper-talented chefs. There's more than you could ever consume, naturally, and you will most likely find yourself requiring a digestion period, but holy crap is it tasty.
My takeaway from SFPC: Never settle for code that isn't at least a little bit magic
In SFPC I found a great community and it gave me the confidence to take on coding projects I couldn't have done before.
SFPC is the purest, most honest exchange of knowledge and experience among peers I have ever experienced. It is a supportive space where everyone learns from everyone, and bridges are built that continue to be strengthened for years to come. You won’t get a certificate or a title at the end of it, but I would be amazed if you ever looked at your world the same again. I haven’t.