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Poetic Computation

Poetic Computation: Reader is an online-book by Taeyoon Choi that discusses code as a form of poetry and aesthetic while raising ethical questions associated with it. The book is based on Choi’s lectures at the School for Poetic Computation, an independent school he co-founded in New York City. The first two chapters will be published in September 2017, with the following chapters to be published over the year.

Designed by HAWRAF, Poetic Computation: Reader presents new possibilities for enhanced accessibility and legibility in web browsers. Readers can change the design elements and format parameters to create their ideal reading experience. Poetic Computation: Reader is edited by Hannah Son and includes interviews with a select group of scholars and practitioners.

Written by Taeyoon Choi

Edited by Hannah Son

Designed by HAWRAF

Poetic Computation: Reader is a free educational product with its code published open source in the project repository. The project was initially supported by Taeyoon Choi's Artist in Residence at NEW INC. For updates on the monthly chapter releases, please sign up to Taeyoon Choi's mailing list. For press release and visual assets, please check out this link.

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Chapt. 01

What is poetic about computation?

Chapter One introduces the poetic aspects of computation and considers how engaging technology with this lens can lead to new political possibilities. In connecting modern computation to its historical antecedents, it problematizes the fetishistic embrace of technology and presents a case for radical intervention.

Chapt. 02

Memory: to remember and forget

Chapter Two considers the concept of memory as operative in computers and humans, showing not only how models of the human brain have influenced the development of computer interfaces, but how the distinctive qualities of human memory set it apart from machine—namely, plasticity and the ability to forget.

Chapt. 03

Control Society

Code, here, means both computer programming languages and passwords. Code is the language and rules of a control society. How exactly does code become a form of power in a ‘society of control’?

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Chapt. 06

Gender and race

Chapt. 07

Disability and accessibility

Chapt. 08