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Summer 2022

As the summer heated up, we thought about play. How can play help us express our many selves and redefine our relationships? Participants joined us this summer season to study play through the lenses of poetry, video games and math.

Summer 2022 was 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. Zai is currently a 2022 fellow at NYU Tisch's Future Imagination Collaboratory, design director for the African Film Festival at the Film at Lincoln Center in NYC and a co-director of the School for Poetic Computation. Neta Bomani Neta Bomani is a learner and educator who is interested in understanding the practice of reading and parsing information as a collaborative process between human and non-human computers. Neta’s work combines social practices, workshops, archives, oral histories, computation, printmaking, zines, and publishing, to create artifacts that engage abolitionist, black feminist, and do-it-yourself philosophies. Neta received a graduate degree in Interactive Telecommunications from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Neta has taught at the School for Poetic Computation, the New School, New York University, Princeton University, the University of Texas, and in the after school program at P.S. 15 Magnet School of the Arts in Brooklyn, NY. Neta has studied under American Artist, Fred Moten, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Mariame Kaba, Ruha Benjamin, Simone Browne, and many others who inform Neta’s work. Neta’s work has appeared at the Queens Museum, the Barnard Zine Library, The Kitchen, and the Met Library. Neta is one of seven co-directors at the School for Poetic Computation, and one of two co-directors at Sojourners for Justice Press, an imprint of Haymarket Books. 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. Melanie Hoff As an artist, educator, and organizer, Melanie studies the role that technology plays in social organization and in reinforcing hegemonic structures. They are co-director of the School for Poetic Computation and a founding member of Hex House and the Cybernetics Library. Melanie strives to cultivate spaces of learning and feeling that encourage honesty and reconciliation for the ways we are shaped by systems of gender, racialization, class, and the trauma these systems inscribe upon our bodies. and 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 multiple plays and performances with the multidisciplinary group H0t Club. He is perhaps best known as the host and curator of WordHack, the monthly language+technology talk series in NYC running every third Thursday since 2014. . It included classes with Nabil Hassein Nabil Hassein is an SFPC alum who has worked as a high school math teacher, a software developer, a freelance educator of programming and critical theory of technology, a co-organizer of events such as "Code Ecologies" and "Mathematics as a Religious Experience", a writer of articles such as "Against Black Inclusion in Facial Recognition", and a speaker of talks such as "Computing, climate change, and all our relationships". Now a PhD student, Nabil's research focuses centrally on Arabic-based programming languages and communities. Lara Okafor Lara Okafor (they/them) is a writer and coder with an interest in digital security and the liberatory power of speculative fiction. They hold bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from the University of Oslo and are an SFPC alum. Lara has many years of organising behind them, such as the digital Cutie.BIPoC Festival 2020 and the documentary project 'Loud & Proud: A Celebration Of Queer Black Voices'. Sidony O'Neal sidony o’neal is a conceptual artist and writer with a focus on postdigital and synthetic methods for the development of works. Engaging philosophies of translation, mathematics, and computing, o’neal’s approach prioritizes research, intuition, and interface among many types of objects and environments. o’neal’s work has been presented with Veronica, SculptureCenter, and Fourteen30 Contemporary. Performances as a part of non-band DT have been presented with Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Volksbühne Berlin, and Performance Space New York. o’neal is a co-founder of INFANT design company. o’neal’s writing has been published at Arts.Black and the journal of Women & Performance among others. o’neal is the author of the chapbook LYFE IN A BOTTLE TREE BOTTLE (House House Press, 2020). o’neal is a 2022-2023 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University. Blake Andrews Blake Andrews is a game designer, illustrator, animator, and instructor living in New York. They have taught game design at both Bloomfield College and Pratt Institute. Since graduating from New York University’s Game Design MFA program, Blake has been involved with installations and events at Babycastles, Wonderville, and Red Parry. The Babycastles installation, Ribbit’s Frog World, involved several large indoor pits of mud. Blake’s games are confrontational both mechanically and narratively. They frequently use a distinct low fidelity, crude, cartoon style. Their hundreds of small games are hosted on websites like Glorious Trainwrecks and Outside of digital games and art, Blake shows an enthusiasm for alternative controllers. One of their collaborations with Frank DeMarco, Scrapeboard, has the player scraping a real skateboard, without wheels, on metal pads in order to defeat enemies like Kool Man. Scrapeboard has been featured at alt.ctrl.gdc, a Puma release party, a LilyPichu video, and in The New Yorker. Lawra Clark LAWRA SUITS CLARK is a videogames artist, designer, and educator living in New York, and a co-founder of Babycastles Gallery, a 501c3 Non-Profit dedicated to showcasing contemporary independent videogames and other media by marginalized creators. Babycastles is an internationally active volunteer run arts organization based in Manhattan, and plays host to a wide array of events, workshops, and exhibitions. Lawra's personal work involves climate fiction, absurdist futures, death positivity, ambient play, and game mechanic as poetic device. They are currently an instructor of game design and development at NYU Tisch and NYU Tandon. and Gabrielle Octavia Rucker Gabrielle Octavia Rucker is a self-taught writer and poet from the Great Lakes currently living in the Gulf Coast. She is admittedly prone to informal learning styles, “illegible” ways of being and writing, and likes to maintain a general air of mischievousness and willful curiosity in all aspects of her life. Her writing has appeared in various media and publications, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Studio Museum Harlem, the Aspen Art Museum, Montez Press Radio, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, GARAGE, Vogue, Dance Lawyer and more. She is a 2020 Poetry Project Fellow and 2016 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. In 2018 she co-founded Sparkle Nation (currently on hiatus), a literary arts collective dedicated to the written word and organizing through its various forms. Her debut poetry collection, Dereliction, is forthcoming from The Song Cave. .

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