Taeyoon Choi is an artist and educator based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that often leads to storytelling in public spaces. He's published artists' books including 'Urban Programming 101' and 'Anti-Manifesto' and presented collaborative performances at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Choi's solo exhibitions include Speakers Corners (Eyebeam, NYC); My friends, there is no friend (Spanien 13c, Aarhus, DK). He participated in the Shanghai Biennale and the SeMA Biennale MediaCity Seoul. He's been an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace, and The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently he's an Artist-in-Residence at NEW INC and teaches at ITP, NYU. Choi also co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach. Recently, he's been focusing on unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, and enhancing accessibility and inclusion within art and technology.

Absence is Presence with Distance

As an artist, I work with technology and narrative – formal and relational projects. As an activist, I examine personal and political – practice and praxis. As an educator, I create feedback between plastic and elastic – learning and unlearning. My talk is set at the dawn. We are waiting for the sun to rise and we are full of questions. What’s the role of an artist as an activist now? How can we critique oppressive systems that create the sense of ‘others’ based on ability and legal status? What’s kind of pedagogy can we experiment through alternative schools? How can we create a community among those who have nothing in common? By creating art, we can give form to our intentions, contribute to making the world we want to live in.


Workshop: The Art of Teaching


This workshop is for artists and creative technologists who are interested in teaching or improve their teaching practice. A good teacher is also a great student themselves. They transform their curiosity into knowledge and share their learning process with others. One can learn to become a better teacher by staying fearless about ‘not knowing’ something, embracing radically open ideas and connecting various expertise and knowledge. Teaching can be a form of artistic and social practice in collaboration with a diverse community. This workshop will introduce new forms of learning spaces such as artist-run schools and activist organizations.

Participants will learn about the history of alternative art schools, artist experiments in and out of academic institutions, Bauhaus, Black Mountain College as well as more recent experiments. The instructor will share his teaching and organizing experience at the School for Poetic Computation. Participants will engage in hands-on workshop and critical discussion about curriculum, syllabus and pedagogy. After the workshop, participants will become knowledgeable about various ways of teaching and create a syllabus of their own.


• Lecture: Introduction to alternative education • Activity: My learning history (personal mind mapping) • Lecture: What is curriculum? Artists as educators, performance art work as curriculum • Activity: Performance workshop • Lecture: Artists in schools, public institutions, galleries, museums, biennales. Accessibilities and diversity in learning environment. • Activity: Unlearning workshop

No computer needed. Participants will engage in physical activities: movement and performance activities. If you need assistance or special needs, please let us know.

No technical requirements needed. Instructor will share reading list two weeks prior to workshop.