videoJune 27 2018

Distributed Web of Care

Taeyoon Choi

Databite No. 112

Taeyoon Choi creates art as a form of research. In this talk, he describes his practice and a few examples of work he has pursued during his fellowship at Data & Society. He touches on ideas such as the “uncomputable”; the continuing colonial nature of tech innovation; and the false narratives surrounding technology as a savior for those with disabilities.

Choi emphasizes his interest in using “social sculpture” – the idea that the social relationship between individuals becomes the material used to create pieces of art. The artwork then, has the potential to transform society with its aesthetic and message.

Data & Society’s Fellows Talks is a three-part Databite series showcasing our 2017-2018 fellows cohort. Each talk features 2-3 fellows speaking about their work, wide-ranging interdisciplinary connections, and a few of the provocative questions that have emerged this year.

Taeyoon Choi is a 2017-18 Data & Society Fellow, artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach classes.

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