Computation is a space where language meets mathematics and logic meets electricity. I create poetic interventions through coding and hacking electronics.
In Handmade Computers, hand-making circuits from discrete electronic components is a practice devoted to the history and craft of computation. The computer is not a neutral object for aesthetic contemplation. Instead, it is a site of contested politics, and of precarious life. It is a massively large and abstract machine that’s operating by the logic of the capitalism. When our lives are so profoundly affected by algorithms and programs, what are the acts of resistance or dissent that preserve our morality, our humanity?
I cofounded the School for Poetic Computation to teach about beauty and elegance in the abstraction and repetition of computation. I work on the school’s administration, admissions public events and collaborate on the curriculum and teaching.
Poetic Computation: Reader is an online-book based on lectures at the School for Poetic Computation. Designed and developed by HAWRAF, the platform is open source and free to use.
CPU Dumplings Workshop is a cooking class to learn the fundamentals of computation. Participants perform all the operations of a CPU (Central Processing Unit) by learning to chop chives, mince onions, fill and fold dumplings to become a part of a human computation that simulates a CPU instruction set.
Erratic Poetry is a project on the intersection of code, sign language, drawings and the standard English language. It is a personal journey between the languages that I use and admire – Korean, English, ASCII and ASL. Through methods of translation and interpretation, the project invents new expressive and poetic forms, revealing the fundamental systems of the language and the larger systems that are built with it.
I organized the inaugural Processing Community Day at the MIT Media Lab, convening longtime and new contributors, fellowship and Google Summer of Code alumni, and the Processing Foundation Board. The day included presentations from speakers like Ben Fry, Casey Reas, Lauren McCarthy, Eva Díaz and Daniel Shiffman and workshops by Sydette Harry and Johanna Hedva, among others.
Digital Poetics is an essay about projects which incorporate computer software and data into their creation and presentation, asking both “what is digital about poems created through such a process” and “what is poetic about digital technology?” In this essay, I look at generative poetry created by others using inventive words, sets of rules, algorithms and databases.