School for Poetic Computation call for students – Spring 2015 (16 March – 22 May) – deadline 27 January 2015

School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) will host a ten week session in New York City from March 16th – May 22nd, 2015. SFPC is an ideal environment for artists, makers and coders to develop and further a deep curiosity of what it means to work poetically in computational media.

SFPC is not a technical bootcamp. Rather, it is an opportunity to work creatively with a small group of faculty, visiting artists, and peers to explore artistic practice and critical technologies through computation.

Computation is poetic when technology is used for critical thinking and aesthetic inquiry – a space where logic meets electricity (hardware), math meets language (software) and analytical thinking meets creative experimentation.

SFPC has held three successful sessions to date: ten weeks in Fall 2013 which culminated in an exhibition at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, a two week session in Spring 2014, and another ten week session in Fall 2014. The Spring 2015 session will be held at Orbital in the Lower East Side for ten weeks.

At SFPC we build up from the fundamentals of computation in both technical and conceptual ways, seeking opportunity for artistic intervention.

What is the School for Poetic Computation?

SFPC is an alternative school for art and technology. We are striving to create a model of education based on collaboration between faculty and students. By participating you will be actively shaping an emerging culture of open source and transparent education.

You can read some articles about the kind of work that’s developed at SFPC: Yahoo Tech, video sketch of the final day at Seen in NY and also students’ reports on their time at the school can be found here: Ida, Lee.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people from all backgrounds, who are curious, generous and open. Anyone with a passion to explore poetic computation is invited, and we are looking for diversity in all its forms. Our only expectation is that you are eager to experiment, can learn from failure, and come fully dedicated to this ten week experience. In the past, we have had students with a broad array of technical experiences and we were delighted, though unsurprised, that everyone had something to learn from each other. A group of faculty leads a selection process that is based on applicant’s answers to an application form, work samples, and short interviews.

How much is tuition?

$5000 USD for the 10 week program. You’ll also need to cover your own cost of living, including housing and meals (recent alumni report this to be in the range of $3,300 – $7,000). We are committed to being fully transparent about how we make and spend money. In the spirit of radical openness and generosity, on which the school was founded, we open-source our finances on Github. There, you can read financial reports and download raw statements.

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