SFPC.io (i.e. "School for Poetic Computation") announced from eyeo

Last month, I had a chance to once again attend this year's eyeofestival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Once again it did not disappoint, and there were many adventures to be had, new ideas to share, and knowledge to be consumed. Eyeo remains one of my favorite yearly conferences.

At opening night, Zach Lieberman gave a "keynote" which consisted of a hand written letter read aloud to the audience. He also announced a new venture; a school for "computational poets" called "SFPC" -- or "School for Poetic Computation".

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I had a chance to sit down for about an hour, and listen to the organizers (i.e. Zach Lieberman, Jen Lowe, Amit Pitaru, & Taeyoon Choi) of SFPC and what they had planned. It was a strikingly transparent and open discussion about their vision and as well as challenges for the first semester of this endeavor.

What is SFPC? Great question. Here's how they are pitching it:

"school for poetic computation is an artist run school launching this fall in New York. A small group of students and faculty will work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory -- focusing especially on artistic intervention. It's a 10 week program, a hybrid of residency and research group, that will happen multiple times per year to be a powerboost for creativity. Our motto is: more poems less demos."

Earlier last month they were issuing a call for students to attend this Fall and apparently that has ended:

"The call for students for Fall 2013 (Sept 16 - Nov 22) is up now until June 30th. Please apply to be a part of SFPC: http://goo.gl/7qa9O"

They've also started an FAQ and Blog online to also try to answer questions and paint a picture of what SFPC might look like. There's also a twitter handle: @sfpc_school.

I'm sure they can use all the help they can get to make the first round successful, so I'd get on their mailing list, if you're interested in the idea. Although I won't be attending, it was interesting to hear about their plans, given that a lot of "hands-on" type education also happens at Artisan's Asylum.

I'm really looking forward to how this evolves. It seems like a combination of ITP and hackerschool put together into one package catering to aspiring computational artists.

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