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In this two week session we will explore new relationships between audience and performer, and between in-person and remote audiences. We will especially be focusing on the way technology can create new, less passive forms of audienceship and how that role can extend beyond a single physical space. Some questions we will consider: What does performance mean when the audience is a participant? What does it mean for performance to feel “live” and why does it matter? How can our bodies gain back their presence in digital performance? Can we experience connections in tangible ways regardless of the distance?

We will learn about real-time networking by building websites and connecting them through WebSockets. We will put our bodies in digital space using WiFi-enabled sensors and networked micro-controllers. We will discuss this history of telematic performance and analyze contemporary works by visiting guests.

The session will culminate in a live performance evening hosted across multiple spaces in the CultureHub building for a combined in-person and online audience.


Experiments in Networked Performance is organized and taught by Todd Anderson Todd Anderson is a digital poet, software artist and educator based in New York City. He has been making experimental software art for over 10 years including the live interactive poetry project Hotwriting, the Chrome Extension ARG 'An Experience', the performance-inside-the-browser extension HitchHiker, and a multiple plays and performances with the multidisciplinary group H0t Club. He is a co-director of the School for Poetic Computation and one of the organizers of Babycastles, a video game gallery and event space in NYC. He is perhaps best known as the host and curator of WordHack, the monthly language+technology talk series running every third Thursday at Babycastles (and online) since 2014. and Tiri Kananuruk Bangkok-born, New York-based Tiri Kananuruk is a performance artist and researcher. Her work explores the manipulation of sound in the context of technological consumerism, examining human relationships through the use of transmitted signals, natural language processing, and bodily movement. She holds a BA in Exhibition Design from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and a Master in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her work has been shown internationally at venues including The National Gallery of Singapore; ATT19, Bangkok, Thailand; RÝMD, Reykjavík, Iceland; Network Music Festival UK; Elecktron, Estonia; 856G, Cebu, Philippines; Currents New Media, New Mexico; Cycling '74 Expo, Massachusetts; Culture Hub, Roulette Intermedium, Judson Memorial Church, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, and Media Art Exploration, New York. Tiri has lectured at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the School for Poetic Computation. She is currently an adjunct professor at Open Arts, New York University. She was a new media artist resident at Mana Contemporary (2019), and CultureHub New York (2020). She is a member of NUUM collective along with Mimi Yin, NiNi Dongnier, Nuntinee Tansrisakul, and Yuguang Zhang. She is a co-founder of MORAKANA along with Sebastián Morales. . Guests include Sebastián Morales Prado Sebastián Morales Prado is a Mexican artist, engineer, and researcher based in New York. His practice develops interactive works hybridizing robotics, digital culture, and living systems. Sebastian is the co-founder of MORAKANA among with Tiri Kananuruk, they exhibited and performed at The National Gallery of Singapore as part of the exhibition Novel Ways of Being, the Gwangju Media Art Platform in Korea, and CultureHub in New York. Sebastian has spoken at conferences including Radical Networks, and ArtTech Forum in Venice, Italy. He has lectured at CUNY, UArts , and SFPC. Sebastian was an artist in residence at Autodesk Pier 9 (2015), a New Media Artist resident at Mana Contemporary (2018), and Research Fellow at the ITP at NYU (2018). Yuguang Zhang Yuguang (YG) Zhang is a New York-based new media & AI artist, a technologist at De-Yan, and a research resident of the Interactive Media Arts Low Res program at NYU. His current practice, which incorporates installations, interactive media and performance, explores the ubiquitous connections we make with tangible and intangible AI systems, and the cultural & ethical shifts that come along. He’s a recipient of the S+T+ARTS Award and Re:Humanism Art Prize. His works have been showcased at MAXXI, Le Centquatre, CVPR Art Gallery, ML x Art, the NYC Media Lab, New Inc., CultureHub, Currents New Media Festival, Cycling ‘74 Expo, and more. and DeAndra Anthony DeAndra is the Technical Director at CultureHub in New York City where she works with artists and technologists to bring experimental ideas to life. DeAndra graduated from New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn with a degree in Lighting and Video. With a background in theater, she has worked at venues such as Hostos Arts Center and Connecticut Ballet, where she assisted the lighting designer. In her free time she enjoys photography and videography as a way to express blackness and joy. She hopes to continue learning new creative practices and tools that will make black art more visible. At CultureHub, she works across various technical departments including video, lighting, sound, and more. Most recently, she has been participating in the development of LiveLab, an open-source browser-based media-router for collaborative performance. .

Details

Date
July 5, 2022 to July 16, 2022 (8 classes)
Time
6:30-9PM ET
Location
CultureHub (47 Great Jones St - New York NY 10012)
Cost
$1400 Scholarships available learn more...
Deadline
Applications open until May 29, 2022

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Course of Study

Classes will take place 6:30-9PM with a 20-30 minute break in the middle, except for the final show day which will run from 1-9pm (with breaks).

  • Class 0 (Mid-June): Pre-Class - We will ship out microcontrollers to students and those microcontrollers will connect to our webpage before the class starts. Students will complete some basic web programming tutorials to prepare for the first day.
  • Class 1 (Tue 7/5): Introduction - Review plan and community agreement, history of digital performance and telepresence, Introduce Glitch and HTML/CSS/JS
  • Class 2 (Wed 7/6:) Connecting - Websockets, Chatrooms, Networked Instruments, Mobile controllers
  • Class 3 (Thu 7/7): Telematic - CultureHub history, LiveLab, Guest lecture from Nuntinee Tansrisakul and Yuguang Zhang
  • Class 4 (Fri 7/8): Sensing Digital Realities - Guest teacher Sebastian Morales, Networked Microcontrollers, Sending sensor data to websites, connecting to physical objects
  • Class 5 (Mon 7/11): Body in Digital - Accelerometer/Gyroscope, Webcam
  • Class 6 (Tue 7/12): Performing in Virtual Worlds - Avatars, Online Games / MMOs as performance spaces, LARP, Moon Dungeon
  • Class 7 (Thu 7/14): Final Project Presentation - Performance Prep
  • Class 8 (Sat 7/16): Final Show - Full-day performance prep and rehearsal, culminating in an evening performance for a live and virtual audience

Expectations

Participants will be expected to:

  • Have a laptop with a webcam and bring it to each class
  • Work with a small group of other participants to create a performance for the final show. Some time will be provided to work in class but work and thought will be expected to take place outside of class as well.
  • Be an enthusiastic and generous audience for the experimental performances put on by teachers, guests and fellow participants
  • Treat teachers, staff, and fellow participants with respect
  • Observe Covid-19 precautions, stay home from class if showing symptoms, and promptly notify organizers if exposed to or testing positive for Covid-19

Participants will NOT be expected to:

  • Do homework assignments or readings in between class sessions, though some optional readings will be provided.

Is this class for me?

This class may be for you if you:

  • have an interest in or past experience in performing in front of a live audience
  • like doing weird things inside of virtual worlds or MMOs
  • are interested in new ways of being with others online
  • think critically about how technology and tech companies mediate our online interactions
  • like to use productivity software for unproductive purposes
  • want to learn how to connect the physical and digital using Javascript, and a little bit of Arduino
  • like to move or make people move

The class may NOT be for you if you:

  • are excited to work in Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse workplace
  • are looking for an app development or VR/AR development class
  • don’t want to make work for a live audience

About the Venue

CultureHub is based at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (47 Great Jones St) in the East Village of Downtown Manhattan. Their 900 square foot studio is equipped with a 40-foot projection wall, a lighting grid, and access to a variety of software and equipment. CultureHub has served as a space for artists, technologists, writers and performers to develop, present, and teach new ideas that push the boundaries of traditional forms.

Accessibility: CultureHub is on the third floor of the building and is wheelchair accessible via elevator.

Covid-19 Safety and Precautions

Participants will be required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccination status (including boosters) to attend. Participants, teachers and staff are expected to be masked during class except when they are performing. Before the final performance, all participants will be expected to show a negative result on a Covid test.

Meet the Teachers & Guests

organizer and teacher

Todd Anderson

Todd Anderson is a digital poet, software artist and educator based in New York City. He has been making experimental software art for over 10 years including the live interactive poetry project Hotwriting, the Chrome Extension ARG 'An Experience', the performance-inside-the-browser extension HitchHiker, and a multiple plays and performances with the multidisciplinary group H0t Club. He is a co-director of the School for Poetic Computation and one of the organizers of Babycastles, a video game gallery and event space in NYC. He is perhaps best known as the host and curator of WordHack, the monthly language+technology talk series running every third Thursday at Babycastles (and online) since 2014.

he/him · website · twitter · instagram

organizer and teacher

Tiri Kananuruk

Bangkok-born, New York-based Tiri Kananuruk is a performance artist and researcher. Her work explores the manipulation of sound in the context of technological consumerism, examining human relationships through the use of transmitted signals, natural language processing, and bodily movement. She holds a BA in Exhibition Design from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and a Master in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her work has been shown internationally at venues including The National Gallery of Singapore; ATT19, Bangkok, Thailand; RÝMD, Reykjavík, Iceland; Network Music Festival UK; Elecktron, Estonia; 856G, Cebu, Philippines; Currents New Media, New Mexico; Cycling '74 Expo, Massachusetts; Culture Hub, Roulette Intermedium, Judson Memorial Church, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, and Media Art Exploration, New York. Tiri has lectured at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the School for Poetic Computation. She is currently an adjunct professor at Open Arts, New York University. She was a new media artist resident at Mana Contemporary (2019), and CultureHub New York (2020). She is a member of NUUM collective along with Mimi Yin, NiNi Dongnier, Nuntinee Tansrisakul, and Yuguang Zhang. She is a co-founder of MORAKANA along with Sebastián Morales.

she/her · website · twitter · instagram

guest teacher

Sebastián Morales Prado

Sebastián Morales Prado is a Mexican artist, engineer, and researcher based in New York. His practice develops interactive works hybridizing robotics, digital culture, and living systems. Sebastian is the co-founder of MORAKANA among with Tiri Kananuruk, they exhibited and performed at The National Gallery of Singapore as part of the exhibition Novel Ways of Being, the Gwangju Media Art Platform in Korea, and CultureHub in New York. Sebastian has spoken at conferences including Radical Networks, and ArtTech Forum in Venice, Italy. He has lectured at CUNY, UArts , and SFPC. Sebastian was an artist in residence at Autodesk Pier 9 (2015), a New Media Artist resident at Mana Contemporary (2018), and Research Fellow at the ITP at NYU (2018).

he/him · website · instagram

guest teacher

Yuguang Zhang

Yuguang (YG) Zhang is a New York-based new media & AI artist, a technologist at De-Yan, and a research resident of the Interactive Media Arts Low Res program at NYU. His current practice, which incorporates installations, interactive media and performance, explores the ubiquitous connections we make with tangible and intangible AI systems, and the cultural & ethical shifts that come along. He’s a recipient of the S+T+ARTS Award and Re:Humanism Art Prize. His works have been showcased at MAXXI, Le Centquatre, CVPR Art Gallery, ML x Art, the NYC Media Lab, New Inc., CultureHub, Currents New Media Festival, Cycling ‘74 Expo, and more.

he/him · website · twitter · instagram

guest teacher

DeAndra Anthony

DeAndra is the Technical Director at CultureHub in New York City where she works with artists and technologists to bring experimental ideas to life. DeAndra graduated from New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn with a degree in Lighting and Video. With a background in theater, she has worked at venues such as Hostos Arts Center and Connecticut Ballet, where she assisted the lighting designer. In her free time she enjoys photography and videography as a way to express blackness and joy. She hopes to continue learning new creative practices and tools that will make black art more visible. At CultureHub, she works across various technical departments including video, lighting, sound, and more. Most recently, she has been participating in the development of LiveLab, an open-source browser-based media-router for collaborative performance.

she/her · website

Accessibility

Our programs are conducted in spoken English with audiovisual materials such as slides, code examples and video.

Please take care and be well. We hope you are comfortable in your housing, living, and working situation in general. Never hesitate to ask us for advice and reach out if you have accessibility requests or need any assistance during your time at SFPC. We will work closely with you towards co-creating the most accommodating learning environment for your needs.

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How do I apply?

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Applications open until Applications closed on May 29, 2022.

You can expect to hear back from us about the status of your application on June 10, 2022. Please email us at admissions@sfpc.study with any questions you have.

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How much does it cost to attend?

$1400 + Withfriends payment processing fees for 8 classes.

Upon payment, your space in the class will be reserved. We offer scholarships for those who cannot pay full tuition. Read more about scholarships below.

I can’t pay for SFPC. Can I come at a reduced rate, or for free?

If you can’t pay full tuition, we really still want you to apply. Our application will ask you how much you can pay. We will offer subsidized positions in all of our classes, once each one has enough participants enrolled that we’re able to do so.

We have also started a scholarship fund, and we will be offering additional scholarships as community members redistribute their wealth through SFPC. We direct scholarship funds towards participants who are low-income, Black, Indigenous, racialized, gendered, disabled, Queer, trans, oppressed, historicially excluded and underrepresented.

Right now, tuition is SFPC’s main source of income, and that is a problem. It means that we can only pay teachers, pay for space, and organize programs when participants pay full tuition to attend. Tuition is a huge barrier to entry into the SFPC community, and it disproportionately limits Black participants, indigenous participants, queer and trans participants, and other people who are marginalized, from participating. Scholarships are not a long term solution for us, but in the short and medium term we hope to offer them more while we work towards transforming SFPC’s financial model.

How can I help others to attend SFPC?

For SFPC to be the kind of place the community has always meant it to be, it needs to become a platform for wealth redistribution. If you are a former participant, prospective participant, or friend of the school, and you have the financial privilege to do so, please donate generously. There is enough wealth in this community to make sure no one is ever rejected because of their inability to pay, and becoming that school will make SFPC the impactful, imaginative, transformative center of poetry and justice that we know it can be.

What if I can’t go, can I get a refund?

  • Yes, we can give you 100% refund up to 10 days before class starts
  • 50% refund after 10 days, until the first day of the class
  • No refunds can be given after the first day of the class

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