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At the core of SFPC is a self-reflexive prompt: What is poetic computation? Each convening of SFPC community members has a new opportunity to respond to this prompt with definition, interpretation, critique, embodied practice. This spring, SFPC returns to the core, inviting you to facilitate new possibilities for this question. 

What is Poetic Computation? What would technology feel like if it were designed by people who love us? How are the histories and presences of racialized oppression embedded in the jargon of hardware and software? Where is the poetry and satire in the ways power structures reveal themselves on the internet? How can we activate the imagination as a tool that can shape our present and open portals into the future, grounded in Black and Indigenous traditions of science and storytelling?

Poetic Computation is a prompt with a deep past, many presences, and infinitely possible futures. Join our incredible group of teachers to play in these timelines, practice writing in poetry, prose, and code, and help redefine (always again) what poetic computation can be.


Spring 2022 is organized by Zainab Aliyu Zainab "Zai" Aliyu is an artist and cultural worker whose work is about the material affect of the "immaterial." She contextualizes the cybernetic and temporal entanglement embedded within societal dynamics to understand how all sociotechnological systems of control are interconnected, and how we are all implicated through time. She often dreams, experiments and inquires through built virtual environments, printed matter, video, archives, writing, installation and community-participatory (un)learning. Neta Bomani Neta Bomani is an abolitionist, learner and educator who is interested in parsing information and histories while making things by hand with human and non-human computers. Neta’s work combines archives, oral histories, computation, social practices, printmaking, paper engineering, zine making and workshops to create do it yourself artifacts. and Galen Macdonald Galen Macdonald is an artist and arts organizer based in Tkaronto/Toronto whose work currently straddles hand craft, kinetic sculpture, poetry, and new media. He uses whatever tools are available to make delicate and limited tools for communication. . It includes classes with American Artist American Artist makes thought experiments that mine the history of technology, race, and knowledge production, beginning with their legal name change in 2013. Their work engages anti-Black state violence, surveillance, and criminalization, such as predictive policing. Melanie Hoff As an artist, educator, and organizer, Melanie studies the role that technology plays in social organization and in reinforcing hegemonic structures. As co-director of the School for Poetic Computation, Soft Surplus, and the Cybernetics Library, Melanie strives to cultivate spaces of learning and feeling that encourage honesty and permit people to overcome divisions created by systems of gender, racialization, and class and by the trauma that these systems inscribe upon our bodies. Sam Lavigne Sam Lavigne is an artist and teacher whose work deals with data, surveillance, cops, and automation. He is an assistant professor in the Design Department at UT Austin. Ashley Jane Lewis Ashley Jane Lewis is a new media artist with a focus on afrofuturism, bio art, social justice and speculative design. Her artistic practice explores black cultures of the past, present and future through computational and analog mediums including coding and machine learning, data weaving, microorganisms and live performance. and others.

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