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Welcome to the SFPC re-coded wiki!

Here you'll find all you need to know about the artists and how to contribute to the project!

Although our submission deadline for the Day for Night festival has passed (12/8/15), feel free to contribute a sketch.

re-coded — Project Summary

Inspired by the work of pioneering digital artists and the ReCode Project, a crowd-sourced platform seeking recreations of early digital works using new tools, the School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) presents re-coded.

By investigating the works of pioneering code artists, SFPC students and alumni learn from these innovators by recreating and interpreting their works. For the installation at Day for Night, we presented the re-interpreted art alongside the code that creates it. As the art animates, you see in real time the variations in the code that cause these changes.

Project Guidelines

The coded works should follow these guidelines:

  • Be in a square format and resized easily without a ton of code-rewrites (i.e. use constants like width/height!)
  • Coded in oF, Processing, p5.js. Because the final exhibition system is being built in openFrameworks, we prefer works coded in oF.
  • Any works in Processing cannot include third-party libraries or anything beyond the built-in functionality of Processing’s environment.
  • Include variables that can be changed interactively. In the end, these will end up as GUI sliders or something of that sort, but the details on the format for that are still being formed. Just know that a static, still piece is not enough. It has to change in some way.
  • Your work will be credited on project’s webpage. Make sure to send us a link to your site.
  • Submitting in oF? Follow the instructions on the readme.
  • Submitting in Processing or p5.js? Send it over to

Project Details

We have made a short list of artists whose work we would like to re-interpret, and are seeking submissions of coded works that build on the work of these artists. Artists we love (more info below):

Project Examples

ReCode Project

The ReCode Project is a community-driven effort to preserve computer art by translating it into a modern programming language (Processing). Every translated work will be available to the public to learn from, share, and build on.

The project's main goals are:

  1. Bring pioneering works of computational art back into circulation.
  2. Offer a learning resource to contemporary practitioners and educators.
  3. Create an active community. | twitter: @ReCodeProject | email:


The School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) is an artist-run school in New York that was founded in 2013. A small group of students and faculty work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory — focusing especially on artistic intervention. It’s a hybrid of a school, residency and research group.

Our motto is: more poetry, less demo. | twitter: @sfpc | ig: sfpc_nyc | email:


Here are tools we used for rebuilding works. They're free, open source, and have encouraging communities around them. Check them out:

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