Distributed Web of Care

Announcing Lecture Performance at the Whitney Museum

by Taeyoon Choi

I’m excited to present the Distributed Web of Care project with my collaborators and stewards this month in New York City. Hope to meet you there!

Distributed Web of Care at the Whitney Museum of American Art

WED, Mar 27, 2019 7 pm


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 are available.

With Jerron Harman, stud1nt, Tiriree Kananuruk, Jonathan Dahan, Chancey Fleet and the School for Poetic Computation

Bibliography and inspiration: Alexander R. Galloway, Ari Malenciano, Callil Capuozzo, Christine Sun Kim, Nora Khan, Cori Kresge, Cleo Miao, Ingrid Burrington, Jessica Lynne, Mindy Seu, Shannon Finnegan, Shannon Mattern, Stephanie Gray, Édouard Glissant,

Stewards: Emily Saltz, Marcus Fleming, Suphitcha “Jan” Donsrichan, Carlos Sanchez, Lori Hepner, Nahee Kim, Maya Man, Natalia Flores Zalles, Sarah McCaffery, Rigoberto Lara, Ashley Jane Lewis, Nitcha Fame Tothong,

Production: Neta Bomani, Emily Miller, Livia Huang, Shira Feldman, Yen Song, Cezar Mocan

The Whitney Museum of American Art Staff: Andrew Hawkes, Isabelle Dow, Justin Allen, Madison Zalopany, Max Chester, Megan Heuer, Sasha Wortzel

Poster: Mark Allen

Posters are on sale until April 14, 2019

Postcard: Coralie Gourguechon

Support: The Whitney Museum of American Art, Code for Science and Society, Pioneer Works

group photo

Distributed Web of Care is an initiative to code to care and code carefully.

The project imagines the future of the internet and consider what care means for a technologically-oriented future. The project focuses on personhood in relation to accessibility, identity, and the environment, with the intention of creating a distributed future that’s built with trust and care, where diverse communities are prioritized and supported.

The project is composed of collaborations, educational resources, skillshares, an editorial platform, and performance. Announcements and documentation are hosted on this site, as well as essays by select artists, technologists, and activists.

Distributed on Dat and GitHub.