Today was our second day at SFPC.

Our posters on the wall at SFPC.

In class today, Taeyoon asked us to create a blog post and share it to Medium, answering these three questions:

  • What Do I Want SFPC to Be?
  • What Do I Want to Learn?
  • What Do I Want to Make?

These are my answers(scroll past the image for a second, more thoughtful, less joke-y take):

My poster.

What Do I Want SFPC to Be?

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I want SFPC to be a place where a lot of (positive) formative experiences are had. They don’t even have to be all mine. I want SFPC to be a place where it’s ok to go with your gut. I want everyone to be comfortable with each other and I want us to learn together and collaborate.

I realize that that is not always going to be easy, but that’s my ideal and I’m willing to work towards it. Empathy, patience, and sensitivity will need to be employed to the utmost. We all have different emotional, intellectual, and technical strengths.

There’s no doubt that things will get made, ideas will be generated, and everyone will learn different things, but I do hope that we all are able to be open, collaborative, and friendly to each other for the length of the 10 weeks.

What Do I Want to Make?

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Mostly, friendships and connections. I am still working out what my artistic practice even is. I know that I can produce photographs, writing, and videos, for and about my time here at SFPC. I intend to do that, but I enjoy code and physical computing as well.

Honestly, if the majority of my function here is as a sort of documentarian, I’m fine with that. I still enjoy using a camera, sound, video editing software, and words to tell stories.

I wasn’t sure when I got here, but now I plan to stay in NYC for the long haul. And to stay here and survive for any length of time, friends are a crucial part of that.

What Do I Want to Learn?

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Soft skills as applied to working in the arts and tech. How to collaborate, how to connect.

I enjoyed the heck out of [Ida C. Benedetto’s]( bootcamp on documentation today(more on that here, in the full post on my blog).

I can always learn to code. And anyways, my approach to code is entirely project-based, so I don’t feel the need to be but I’m glad I’m at SFPC because it gives me ample time and space to explore code-based projects.

I mean, just learning how to use git in the most basic of ways today has been incredibly rewarding. I look forward to the learning experiences to come here at SFPC. Which is an understatement but also the plain truth.

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