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Making Mistakes

Tiri Kananuruk, Adelle Lin
March 25, 2024 to May 31, 2024 (10 classes)
Mondays, 10am-1pm EST
Online (Zoom)
$1200 Scholarships available learn more...
Applications closed on February 4, 2024

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Mistakes are always the beginning, sometimes the end, but even then, a beginning. This session will dive into mistakes as outliers, events forcing us to take a closer look, because they are unexpected, because they reveal a truth that we weren't seeing. Through a multidisciplinary approach, we will examine concepts such as computer speech, cybernetic theory, and the evolutionary nature of DNA. From present-day computational errors to mythological entities, we will study how mistakes can shape and transform our world. By tricking machines into making mistakes, we will explore how they can become more human-like. Bring your own practice, your art, your dance, your poetry, or your programming. Bring your wildest ideas. In this class you will contribute your thoughts, experiments, presence, and even your mistakes. We will discuss readings, have in-class lectures, feedback critique and improvisation sessions. At the end of the course, you will present something, a performance, a computer program, an object, a movie script, a rap song, an experimental email, a performance, a performance.

Course of Study

  • Week 1: Orientation and introduction - What is a mistake? What is an error?
  • Week 2: History of Cybernetics, Computer Errors, and Feedback Loops
  • Week 3: A Touch of Chaos, Another Cosmos - Mythologies, Origins, and Chaos
  • Week 4: True Change Requires Accident - Randomness and Chance
  • Week 5: Wrong Place, Right Time - Errors and Algorithms
  • Week 6: Try Try Again - Improvisation
  • Week 7: Illogical Logic - Producing Mistakes
  • Week 8: Computer Poetry & the Dada Manifest
  • Week 9: There Has To Be Trickery
  • Week 10: Class Salon -"Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make."


Time & Workload
  • This is an intensive project development/studio class. Students are expected to attend and participate actively in class exercises, reading discussions, and feedback and critique sessions.
  • Throughout the course, you will complete four "mistake" assignments. These assignments can be incorporated into the final salon presentation, or you can present a “final mistake”.
  • Expect to dedicate approximately 4-6 hours per week outside of class for making, reading, experimenting, watching videos, and reviewing material.
Technical Experience
  • This class focuses less on technical skills and more on further developing your practice. Students are encouraged to bring their own creative practice and apply the theory of "mistakes" and "outliers" to their work.
  • There will be some programming workshops during the class using Javascript as a tool. However, this is not a technical class, and students are not required to use Javascript for their work or final project.
  • Computer
  • Your own creative practice
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will learn about the relationship between computation, error and art practice in these topics
  • Students will learn concepts of Cybernetic Theory, Chaos, and history of computational errors
  • Develop your creative practice in response to concepts of “mistakes”
  • Learning concepts of computer speech and chat bots
  • Discuss and apply computational building blocks in a creative framework
  • Storytelling and improvisational technics in the context of chaos
  • By the end of the class you will be less perfect than before

Is this class for me?

This class may be for you if:

  • You are an artist, creative, or maker, or a are looking for a creative way to express your professional path.
  • You want to challenge yourself with unexpected ideas.
  • You want to learn how to apply theory behind mistakes-making to your practice.
  • You want to improve your performative and improvisational skills

This class may NOT be for you if:

  • You are looking for a programming bootcamp. This class focuses on critical making, although some discussions on programming and computation will take place, it is not a tutorial or step-by-step class. However, you are welcome to bring your existing programming practice to class.

Meet the Teachers


Tiri Kananuruk

Bangkok-born, New York-based Tiri Kananuruk is a performance artist and educator. Her works focus on the manipulation of sound, the disruption of time. How technologies change the meaning and the ways we communicate. She utilizes mistakes, both human and machine, as means of improvisation. 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. Tiri has lectured at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the School for Poetic Computation. She is currently an adjunct professor at Collaborative Arts, New York University. She was a new media artist resident at Mana Contemporary (2019), CultureHub New York (2020), Barnard Movement Lab (NUUM)(2020), and Media Art Exploration (NUUM)(2021). She is a NEW INC Member in the Creative Science track. She is a founding member of NUUM collective. She is a co-founder of MORAKANA along with Sebastián Morales.

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Adelle Lin

Adelle Lin Yingxi is a Malaysian artist, activist, and technologist based in Brooklyn. They produce interactive and playful experiences that visualize hidden connections and extend the body. These works take the form of crafted objects, responsive wearables, immersive installations, and intentional happenings. Adelle draws inspiration from Toni Cade Bambara's teachings of using ‘sister as a verb’, their work encourages collective research, conversation, and social interaction to address issues of division, marginalization, climate justice, and women's rights.

she/they · website · twitter · instagram


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

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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What is a “mistake” in your creative practice?

Applications open until Applications closed on February 4, 2024.

You can expect to hear back from us about the status of your application on February 19, 2024. Please email us at with any questions you have.

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How much does it cost to attend?

For 10 classes, it costs $1200 + processing fees, for a one-time payment. We also offer payment plans. Participants can schedule weekly or monthly payments of the same amount. First and last payments must be made before the start and end of class. *Processing fees apply for each payment.

SFPC processes all payments via Withfriends and Stripe. Please email if these payment options don't work for you.

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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