March 27, 2019
Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
This lecture-performance by Taeyoon Choi imagines a more equitable, caring Internet and asks: what kind of network do we want for the future? Choi engages in a conversation with Chancey Fleet, Jonathan Dahan, and stewards and students from the School for Poetic Computation to explore the poetics and politics of computation, the relationship between Internet privacy and collective agency, and alternative methods of communicating via peer-to-peer protocols. The discussion considers the Internet’s underlying structure and how bodily experiences of the Internet differ for disability communities and other marginalized groups. The conversation is followed by an interactive performance choreographed by Choi and Jerron Herman, accompanied by live audio from Tiri Kananuruk and stud1nt. The movements explore how it feels to be a node programmed in centralized, decentralized, and distributed networks.
ASL interpretation and audio description were made available for this performance.
Taeyoon Choi is an artist, a co-founder of School for Poetic Computation, and a fellow at Data and Society. In 2019, Choi is working on Distributed Web of Care and ongoing research with a critical perspective towards technology, ethics, justice, and sensitivity to the concept of personhood.
Jonathan Dahan is a hacker of computational machinations, digital arts, and electronic sounds based in Brooklyn. He is the founder of Baculus, and has worked as a technical consultant for Small Data Industries, a software engineer for Micah Walter Studio and Etsy, and a developer for Bard Graduate Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Chancey Fleet is a Brooklyn-based advocate for accessible technology and design. As assistive technology coordinator at the New York Public Library, she leads a peer-powered tech coaching program and co-leads Dimensions, a project that empowers patrons with and without disabilities to create tactile images and 3D models. Fleet is a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute focusing on the social and cultural impact of cloud-connected accessibility tools.
Jerron Herman is a professional writer and dancer, primarily a principal company member of Heidi Latsky Dance, a New York-based physically-integrated dance company. He was diagnosed with Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy at three months old.
Tiri Kananuruk is a performance and sound artist. Her work explores the manipulation of sound in the context of technological consumerism, examining human relationships through the use of transmitted signals and machine learning, natural language processing, and bodily movement.
stud1nt is a multi-disciplinary sound artist from Queens. Their work sits at the intersection of improvisation and meticulous approaches to composition. A member of the collectives #KUNQ and Discwoman, stud1nt’s work is especially attentive to queerness, the body, sound, and space.
Photos by Filip Wolak