Location: Movement Research, BAX
Collaborators: Malcolm-x Betts , Rigoberto Lara Guzmán, Nile Harris, BriFrei, Jean Sonderand, Tim Burcham
Technology: Python, C++
Exploration: POETECHS works in collaboration with Malcolm-x Betts. Our studio practice integrates improvisational dance, creative writing, critical theory, and technology. As a collective, we focus on care, communion, and joy — in opposition to the violence of white supremacy. Computer programs are not used in our dances to detect movement or surveil bodies. Rather, coding is used by and for our collective to reveal, decode, and interpret tender, imaginative moments between dancers that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Location: School For Poetic Computation
Date: 11/10-11/11 2018
Exploration: Help Desk explores the connection between technical troubleshooting and psychotherapy. Visitors use the interface to unpack personal issues. After using the software to whittle down one specific struggle, users “submit” their issue. Help Desk then prints out “Support Tickets” that reflect the selected issues. Over time, these tickets get placed on the “Support Queue”, creating a bottleneck of real-life, real-time dilemmas. After submitting their own ticket, visitors not only have the chance to reflect on themselves, but can also take a moment to peruse other tickets—the emotional traces of past Help Desk users.
Exploration: Software, Care, Emotional Bandwidth
LEFT TO YOUR OWN DEVICES
Exploration: Being “left to your own devices” is a phrase with a lot of poetic weight. Traditionally, this phrase has been used to describe someone who has been granted personal sovereignty; i.e. After graduating from high school, the boy went to college, where he was left to his own devices. It also can be used to describe a situation in which these personal freedoms are too much to handle; i.e. The man lost in the desert was left to his own devices. The meaning of the phrase is intensified by the 21st century definition of the word “device”. Our smart devices provide us with a similar balance between liberty and deprivation, between viceroy and novice, between getting a grip on ourselves and getting vice gripped by our devices.
Point Records PROMO Videos
Collaborator: Point Records
Exploration: Search Engines, Smart Phone Somatics, Bell Labs early computer graphics
Collaborators: Ken Brown, Brian Hurlow
Exploration: Everyone has something to say, whether politics, poetry, or romantic provocations. New York City walls offer a constant comment canvas of free expression for all. During his 30 years of documenting NYC street art ephemera, Ken Brown has discovered that these words on walls hold much more than opinions and attitudes, they suggest a texture of the times. Better yet: they offer visions into the future. Our cyber street art fortune teller fixes these prescient phrases of New York street culture into something more than stone. If you want to know what's going on, read the walls.