This repository contains the curriculum for Poetic Computation: Detroit. A week-long workshop by the School for Poetic Computation in collaboration with Detroit-based partners.
Poetic Computation: Detroit - 2019 August 19 - 25, 2019 at Talking Dolls, Detroit
- Meet the Teachers Salon on August 23, 2019 at the Jam Handy
- Showcase on August 25, 2019 at the Talking Dolls
Theme: Uncovering Technology
To create a more meaningful relationship with technology, we will uncover technology’s glossy surfaces and look into its logic and beauty. SFPC’s Poetic Computation:Detroit will focus on the theme of Uncovering Technology. Together, we will learn the fundamentals of coding and critical theory in order to trace the contours of technology’s backbone.
Technology is usually made available to us after many layers of abstraction have been imposed. In the process of abstraction, it’s inner workings are obscured and most people are excluded from understanding it. If we can’t understand it, we can’t fix it, take care of it or truly own it. What would it look like to cultivate a more caring and imaginative kind of tech for ourselves and each other?
Computers are one of the most intimate technologies we use on a daily basis. How would it feel if we changed our relationship to computers, from something we buy to something we make? How would it feel to have a conversation with computers and write poetry with them? How would it feel to work with computers as collaborators and write software for our communities?
Through lectures, field trips, and hands-on making, students will explore and respond to these ideas. During the one week session we will create several in-class projects and explore a balanced mix of technical, artistic, and theoretical content. Topics will include navigating computer with the command line, object oriented programming, electronics, and a critical theory of technology. SFPC’s Poetic Computation:Detroit is designed for someone without previous experience of coding to start having a more friendly, expressive and joyful relationship with technology.
- Day 1:Onboarding
- Day 1:Tawana Petty from the Detroit Community Technology Project
- Day 1:An Introduction to Social Computing taught by Nabil Hassein
- Day 2-3:The Workers Inquiry taught by Ann Haeyoung
- Day 2:Peer-to-Peer Folder Poetry taught by Melanie Hoff
- Day 3:Making Sense taught by Colin Wang
- Day 4-5:Below (the University) and Beyond (Technology) by American Artist
- Day 4:Expose Surveillance Art Build taught by Andrea Cardinal, Danielle Aubert
- Day 5:DIY Network Protocols and Communication Infrastructures taught by Taeyoon Choi
- We led two code poetry workshops at the The Room Project and the Detroit Commons. The workshop involved a sensory exercise where participants were asked to act as a conduit for their body and record unfiltered sensory information through words, then transfer those words onto cards in order to algorithmically rearrange them and read them out loud in a webring poem.
- Folder Poetry was a workshop taught by Melanie Hoff, co-organized by the School for Poetic Computation and Detroit Community Technology Project. In tandom with the workshop, Neta Bomani and Taeyoon Choi created a zine.
Technology and class materials
We will use Raspberry Pis for all class. Set up tutorial.
We will have basic electronics and craft materials in class. List of tools.
Blog postings by Neta Bomani and Taeyoon Choi
- American Artist
- Ann Haeyoung
- Colin Wang
- Nabil Hassein
- Melanie Hoff
- Taeyoon Choi
- Danielle Aubert
- Ron Watters
- Andrea Cardinal
- Janice Gates
- Tawana Petty
- Talking Dolls
- The Knight Foundation
- Detroit Community Technology Project
- The Room Project
How to be involved
- Follow us on Instagram and Twitter
- Sign up to our mailing list
- Participate in two public programs in August
Meet the Teachers Salon on August 23, 2019 at the Jam Handy
Showcase on August 25, 2019 at the Talking Dolls