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Lauren Gardner

566 days ago
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Games are an incredible platform for immersion. 'Suspension of disbelief', 'flow' and 'sticky friction' are all powerful mechanics to get people to focus on new material or challenges. Combine these game mechanics with educational material and you have powerful tools.
Lauren G Games can explain and illustrate completed concepts in math, physics and computer science in elegant and FUN ways and are often overlooked in cirriclum, exhibitions or conferences, I'd like this list to be a resource for teachers and organizers.
785 days ago
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  • Our summer program is tailor made for writers and poets who want to learn to code or push the boundaries of what's possible with text -- it's also for coders and technologists who want to incorporate narrative and poetry into their work.
874 days ago
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Lauren G
  • Make and Play Your Own Poetry Instrument:
In this class we will build poetry instruments and try to get good at playing them. By 'instrument ' I mean an interactive work that can be played differently each time, has a learning curve and can be remixed and improvised when performed live. We will build our instruments using Javascript keyboard events to control the text on the screen, and also corresponding sounds, images and animations (depending on how deep you want to go).
891 days ago
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Lauren G OMG, now what...
Now that you've finished SFPC you're going to want to continue making cool stuff, learning and hanging out with inspiring people. This pad is a collection of ideas and suggestions previous students/teachers/friends have that help with this 'now what' question.
What suggestions do you have for to-do's, tasks or topics to add? This would either be straight forward things like 'create a blog' or ideas that could be expanded out into a workshop like 'how to find & apply to grants'.
It's broken up into a few sections like presentation, documentation, money...  If you have any suggestions for new sections please add!
How to show other people cool stuff you did:
  1. Create an online portfolio
  1. Blog!
  1. Make biz cards that don't suck to show off your new portfolio
How to find an awesome group of people:
  1. Go to events & meet people (give them your card)
  1. Join a thing or volunteer with a group you like
  1. Curate! Have an idea for a collection of cool things? Put out a call and find other like minded folks and do a show.
How to eat and *maybe* pay rent:
  1. Apply for a grant
  1. Apply for a residency
  1. Teach a class
902 days ago
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We've looked over your application and are so excited you can join us. We really want to make sure you will have an amazing experience at SFPC, feeling excited about your ideas and empowered in moving them forward. Also want to be clear that the focus of this session is around exploring text and narrative in your work.  
Before we get started this summer we want to make sure you get all the logistics out of the way. We want you to hit the ground running on day one!
  • If you need direction on finding housing in NYC please let us know. We can point you in a few directions to look for room shares.
  • You should have a laptop (Mac/PC/Linux) in working condition you can use on a daily basis. We will send more details on tools and software that the teachers recommend.
In order to reserve your space in the summer program we ask that you pay half of the tuition ($750) as a deposit to hold your spot. The rest will be paid closer to the start date.
  • We ask for half the tuition up front to ensure you are serious about attending. We keep the number of participants small, if someone backs out at last minute another applicant lost their opportunity to attend and we want to prevent that as much as possible.
Lauren G
  • If you absolutely can not attend after reserving your space we can not offer a refund but we can hold your deposit for attending a future session!
Taeyoon C Please confirm your participation with a big Yes! reply to this email, or ask us any questions about the session. We will follow up with payment information.
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Lauren G notes on the call for applications
  • Call to Apply 
SFPC Code Poetry Summer session
Katie S
  • As a whole, the description seems to be missing a more "poetic" or creative element to it. I agree with Taeyoon's comment that the first paragraph makes the program seems narrowly focused. 
Lauren G description: 
Todd A The way we read has changed a lot over the past 10 years. Print books and magazines are rare compared to laptops, tablets, smartphones and e-readers. We're more likely to skim than delve, more likely to get the gist of many sources rather than a single one. Now that most of our reading is mediated by technology, it makes sense to develop a writing practice that recognizes, even takes advantage of that fact. 
Taeyoon C
  •  I think the opening of description can focus more on the beautiful intersection of code and poetry. currently the opening paragraph reads more like the focus is on digital technology and literature . 
Lauren G
  • ok, summarized in 'what to expect' so the call will just start from there.
Todd A Using code and technology can let you control the readers flow of attention, what parts they should dwell on, what they should speed through, and give you a wide palette to set an emotional scene on which the text resides. In addition to effecting how the text is read, code can generate the content of the text as well, through sets of syntactic rules and analysis of source texts (a practice that has spawned some excellent twitter bots and generated novels). Whether you're a writer whose always wanted to try writing a little code or a programmer with a fondness for Flaubert, join us for this two week session as we exploring creating works of language in the digital age.
Taeyoon C
  •  I like the second paragraph. Maybe start with the second paragraph, and edit the first paragraph to further explain what is code poetry? such as computer program that generate text, computer program as poetic exploration, and using software to perform live text, spoken words and etc? 
Lauren G
  • summarized in the 'what to expect' section and removed duplicate info
Taeyoon C Suggestions
  1. Can we include few good examples of code poetry projects? If I was someone not familiar with this field, I would wonder what exactly are the kind of projects we are looking for. Some of them can be from the teachers who are leading the summer session. Todd, do you have some suggestions? I think having sample works included in the call may help set the right tone for the session. 
Lauren G
  • put a few at the bottom - @all, feel free to add more
Taeyoon C
  1. Can we describe a day in the program? A narrative introduction to what the participants will experience? such as ... you can come to Babycastles at 6:30pm, the class will start promptly and continue until 9pm... you can hang with other students until midnight or later. etc. 
Lauren G
  • schedule at bottom, please review for clarity
Taeyoon C
  1. Can you suggest some images for the call? I think images of code poem works, or WordHack event might be good. I have bunch of sfpc images as well. 
Lauren G
  • workin on putting some images down in the schedule, that will be a fun way to show people what the day is like - please feel free to stick some images in there!
what to expect:
Katie S
  • I like this entire section a lot more than the intro paragraphs. As a student, this is what I want to know first. I would consider rearranging to start with this. In fact, I'm not sure you  even need the first two paragraphs. Maybe just take 1-2 sentences from the description, add it here and start with this section. 
Lauren G
  • Poetic Computation is a practice and a community that sees the computer as a medium for artistic expression and critical thinking. It's less impressed with the final result of the 'thing' and more supportive of the process, learnings and questions around creating the thing.
Taeyoon C
  • like this very much 
Lauren G
  •  Now that most of our reading is mediated by technology, it makes sense to develop a writing practice that recognizes, even takes advantage of that fact. By using code  you control the readers attention -- where they dwell or skim -- and create an emotional scene on which text resides. Code can also generate the content of text, a practice that has spawned some excellent twitter bots and generated novels. 
Katie S
  • This 2-week program is for writers and poets who want to learn to code or push the boundaries of what's possible with text -- it's also for coders and technologists who want to incorporate narrative and poetry into their work.
Lauren G
  • Come with a project in mind, a question you want to explore, or just an excitement to learn. We'll work together to build upon ideas over the two weeks and share our projects with each other at the end of the session.
  • We will be primarily working with JavaScript and Python. You don't need to know how to code in these languages but getting familiar with them will help you make the most of the program. We're here to help you help yourself  and we recommend completing a few online tutorials if you are beginner (resources below).
Katie S
  • I put some suggestions in the text above but tried to keep the original text in case you don't want to keep the changes. 
Lauren G
  • these are great!
  • Meet others! Building a supportive community is important to SFPC. We'd love for you to join us for these two weeks but also to stay involved when they are done. There are opportunities outside of school and We We will do our best to introduce you to people and places that foster creativity and learning around the city.
dates & logistics:
Monday, July 27th - Sunday, August 9th @ Babycastles gallery
  • Classes will be held between Mon-Fri from 6:30pm - 9:30pm with additional workshops and community picnics social events? on the weekend. 
  • Additionally, the space will be open for students on weekdays for working, learning and hanging out. We encourage people with day jobs to attend this program and it is *not mandatory* to be there during the day, however if you can get away for a few days you can use this time to focus on your project and studies!
Katie S
  • can you be more specific about when the classes are? Is it every day of the week? potential students will need to know if it fits in their schedules before applying
Lauren G
  • added, thanks! 
Taeyoon C
  • very clear. thnx 
Lauren G
  • Babycastles; 137 W 14th St. 2nd floor bet. 6th and 7th ave. (https://goo.gl/maps/zxhBL) Near the F, M, L, 1, 2, 3, C, A and Path train lines
(1,500 or do we start with 2k then introduce discounted pricing if we don't get a lot of takers)
who you will meet:
The Teachers
  • Todd Anderson: Word hacker, game maker & auto-hotkey interpretive dancer @toddwords 
  • Sarah Groff-Palermo: Language-maker, transpiler, SFPC alumna, & friend to robots everywhere @superSGP
  • Allison P
  • Nick Montfort: Computational poet, collaborator, digital media researcher & teacher, names things nickm.com @nickmofo
The Admin
  • Lauren Gardner: Gamer, community builder, online ad savant, maker and cleaner of messes. poohead.com @poohlaga
what to bring:
Laptop (Mac or PC)
Basic knowledge of JavaScript & Python.
Link to apply ...
You're still here? 
OK. Here's some more details about the program like what kinds of works we consider 'code poetry' and what your day will be like.
motivational examples
Taeyoon C //wonderful 
Lauren G day in the life
  • Mon-Fri; 
  • 10am, gallery opens and Todd and/or Lauren are there with a fresh pot and a smile 
  • 10am - 1:30pm; individual free time (work, ask questions, do some tutorials, knit a hat... it's all you).  
  • 1:30 - 3:30; scheduled activity. These are lunch breaks with informal activities so we can get to know each other and share knowledge. (pizza party, show and tell, book club, play games & field trips)
  • 3:30 - 6:30; individual free time 
Katie S
  • I think the entire section above that I underlined is kind of overkill and could scare of some people who have full time jobs.  I think it would be cleaner just  to say 
  • Each day you'll have access to the space and individual free time to work on projects, ask questions, or just hang out. Some afternoons, there will be optional scheduled activities such as pizza parties, show and tell, game time & field trips. 
  • 6:30 - 9:30; Class with Todd, Sarah, Allison, or Nick
Lauren G
  • 9:30 - 11; up to you, stay late if you want but you can also or go home and get some rest. 
  • Weekends 1:30pm - 5:30pm 
  • Sat Aug 1st; Check in & workshop w/ outside artist
  • Sun Aug 2nd; Community picnic at Pioneer Works with SFPC alumni. Come get to know your fellow students and previous SFPC alumni.
  • Sat Aug 8th; All-day check in and feedback sessions for the final day (the 9th)

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