School for poetic computation (SFPC) recently opened a new call for participants for the Fall 2014 term. SFPC is a small program run by a group of artists in New York City. Our classes cover a wild mix of technical, artistic and practical topics like programming for interactivity, physical computing, the Oulipo poetry of Geroges Perec, using the command line for creative work and grant writing. Most importantly, it is a place to try out strange ideas with likeminded people.
We started the school last year without explicitly defining the meaning of poetic computation. I liked the fact that we didn't really know what it meant, the idea of poetic computation was mysterious and began an open ended exploration for everyone. We thought poetic computation could be 'a space where logic meets electricity (hardware), math meets language (software) and analytical thinking meets creative experimentation.' The word poetics has its roots in 'poesis', which means 'to make'. Thus, a computational poet can use computational media: code, data, electronics, real world inputs and so on, to create the kind of world they'd like to see.
School for poetic computation (SFPC) is a hybrid of school, artist residency and research group in New York City. One of it’s founders, and teachers, Taeyoon Choi speaks to two artists who taught at SFPC, about their experience of teaching and artistic research.