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Imperfect Pictures

Teachers
Molly Soda, Kayla Drzewicki, Will Allstetter
Date
Section 1: June 9, 2024 to August 11, 2024
Section 2: June 11, 2024 to August 13, 2024

(10 classes)
Time
Section 1: Sundays, 1-4pm ET Section 2: Tuesdays, 6-9pm ET
Location
Online (Zoom)
Cost
$1200 Scholarships available learn more...
Deadline
Applications open until April 15, 2024

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Description

How often do you try to take a picture of the moon only to realize it doesn’t look how you imagined? How many people are uploading their photos of the moon to the Internet at this very moment? Considering the ubiquity of screen images in everyday life, ,Imperfect Pictures, examines our approaches to them: linking, clicking, saving, discarding, editing, dumping, forgetting. Participants will slow down to consider the role of photography outside of a “hi-res” context. We will look at and create ugly pictures, spam, compressed images, screenshots, facetuned selfies, .gifs, stock photography, boring images, useless images, memes, and badly performing social photographs.

Course of Study

  • Week 1: Orientation - introductions, expectations, syllabus, office hours, group vision boarding exercise
  • Week 2: Poor Images - circulation, compression, stock images, spam, social photography
  • Week 3: Accumulation - visually similar, loving our files, making work out of existing content, digging deep into forgotten folders, obsessively downloading
  • Week 4: Memes - appropriation, .gifs, images as language, on the importance of shitposting *guest speaker
  • Week 5: Screenshots - film and video stills, receipts, interfaces, photographing online environments
  • Week 6: Plastic Images - editing tools, warping, distortion
  • Week 7: Embodied Images - performance, webcams, self portraits, posing
  • Week 8: Computer Vision - AI, mean images, renderings, is it real *guest speaker
  • Week 9: Printed Web - materiality, documentation, archives, memory
  • Week 10: Right Click Save - reflection, group documentation and showcase

Expectations

Time & Workload

What is expected of me?

  • Participants are expected to spend time out of class completing assignments. Each week will have a designated assignment. These assignments are exercises that augment our sessions. They should only feel as difficult and time consuming as you want them to be. Think of them as playful experiments or research. We will make time to present and discuss them at the end of each class.
  • All readings are optional but strongly encouraged. They will be discussed during our lectures.
  • We will create a collaborative document (printed, digital, or both) to host the work we did together in this class. Participants will work on this together throughout the course.
Materials

Each participant should be prepared to have the following:

  • A computer (or cell phone) and access to WiFi.
  • All relevant reading and viewing material will be provided.
Learning Outcomes

By taking this class, you can expect to gain the following:

  • An understanding of photography and its uses beyond a “high resolution” context.
  • Alternative ways of seeing and interfacing with visual content.
  • A better grasp on consumer-grade image making and editing tools.

Is this class for me?

This class may be for you if:

  • You are interested in thinking critically about networked image culture.
  • You have a messy desktop.
  • You aren’t afraid of making something that might not be deemed “aesthetically pleasing.”

This class may NOT be for you if:

  • You want to learn the basics of photography (composition, lighting, film cameras)
  • You prefer high resolution images

Meet the Teachers

teacher

Molly Soda

Molly Soda is an artist based in New York. Her work predominantly exists online, evolving, interacting (and decaying) within its networked ecosystems. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates performance, video, photography, websites, and installation. Soda is an avatar, a flattened 2D version of herself entering an infinite sea of content, refreshing with each new upload. She is a file to be looked at, swiped past, downloaded, forgotten about, printed out, or discarded.

she/her · website · twitter · instagram

teacher

Kayla Drzewicki

Kayla is an artist and educator based in Queens, New York. She makes websites, screensavers, and stages performances within the desktop environment. Previously, she was a programmer and designer for QuaranTV, a 24/7 public access livestream, and has taught computer classes at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and with Code in the Schools in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a BFA in sculpture from MICA. Currently, she is program assistant at Rhizome. You can find her online at kayla.world.

she/her · website · instagram

teacher

Will Allstetter

Will Allstetter (he/him)—a writer, computer scientist, and artist based in New York City—studied English and computer science at Brown University. He looks to digital logic as a methodology for exploring, interrogating, and exposing analog social systems and structures. His art often utilizes random numbers, large language models, and found images. His work has been featured in i-D, Document Journal, Syntax Magazine, The College Hill Independent, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the RISD Museum. He has curated work from artists in various mediums for new media and digital exhibitions.

he/him · website · instagram

Accessibility

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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How do I apply?

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What is the last image you deleted off of your phone or computer? Why did you discard it? What was the last image you saved? Why did you save it and where do you think it'll end up?

Applications open until Applications closed on April 15, 2024.

You can expect to hear back from us about the status of your application on . Please email us at admissions@sfpc.study 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 admissions@sfpc.study 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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