[…] In previous posts on this site (1, 2) , I have outlined some of the basic proposal for Critical Code Studies (CCS), and the fullest articulation appears in the electronic book review, here. Last year at MLA and more recently at SLSA, I offered more of the fundamentals and met many who expressed interest in or affinities for the project. Here, I am announcing a new blog that will be a hub of CCS work, known as CriticalCodeStudies.com. […]]]>
[…] [This post follows up on two previous posts on WRT. Here are the original posts ( 1, 2 )and a follow-up post by Jeremy.] Critical Code Studies first began as an inspiration here on WRT. This December marks the formal launch with the publication of “Critical Code Studies” in the electronic book review and with Rita Raley’s “Reading Code” panel at MLA 2006 in Philadelphia. […]]]>
Thanks for this link. A lot of my early work has been to distance myself from code-made-into-art in order to emphasize the code-as-art side of Critical Code Studies. I certainly agree with the manifesto, and might go further to add that “Code is a Rhetoric” as Linda Williams put it to me.
Do you know of TOPLAP http://toplap.org/, which is an acronym for (Temporary|Transnational|Terrestrial|Transdimensional) Organisation for the (Promotion|Proliferation|Permanence|Purity) of Live (Algorithm|Audio|Art|Artistic) Programming?
They performed at the Read_me Software Art Festival in Aarhus, Denmark in August 2004 - and they do live coding, that is coding concerts that is performed live, projected on screens so the coding is part of the performance, not ‘behind’. I quote from their manifesto:
“Live coding is not about tools. Algorithms are thoughts. Chainsaws are tools. That’s why algorithms are sometimes harder to notice than chainsaws.” http://toplap.org/?node=ManifestoDraft
For more see their website and other examples of code-related software art at www.runme.org.]]>
Jeremy just mentioned to me (and correct any of this as you wish Jeremy) that CCS may need to address the issue of the metaphor of the computer language.
In spoken languages, living oral languages, the division between linguistics (operationality) and literature is clear. In the case of code and programmers the relationship is different and less clear. This is the next place to address our attention.]]>