Potato Computer Club centres failure and playfulness, exploring feminist computing pedagogical practice. The work started as research into how to add texture to how we relate to computers. As pedagogical apparatus, potatoes bring many modes of being and thinking into spaces of computing through their stupidity, questioning of computing mastery, the activation of collective storytelling, and forgetting of traditional ways of doing computing. The qualities that the materiality of potato bring reframes how we feel about computing. Potatoes butt up against computation in such a way as to embed it with other values in a way that offers stories, creativity and imaginative responses. Almost everyone has a potato story and spuds have a wondering way of connecting people, and making the seemingly complex or hardness of talking about computation disappear.
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