Speaking Code: Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]


The aesthetic and political implications of working with code as procedure, expression, and action.
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Speaking Code: Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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The aesthetic and political implications of working with code as procedure, expression, and action.
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" Speaking Code beautifully folds speech and language, politics,art, and labor into an inspiring analysis. In addition to their clarity in style, Geoff Cox and AlexMcLean are not afraid to get their hands dirty with references to the ugly sides of software and unsanitized code, which are too often hidden under the polished covers of contemporary design of digital culture." — Jussi Parikka, author of Digital Contagions, InsectMedia, and What Is Media Archaeology?; Reader in Media & Design at Winchester School of Art, UK

" Speaking Code incisively analyzes the forms, expression and action of computer code. In contrast to much loose and diffuse discussion of software, Speaking Code directly engages with code as utterance. Its careful exploration of code-making and code use opens onto much wider issues of power, agency and value. Theoretically nuanced and technically informed,in the precision with which it treats its materials this book really made me sit up and take notice of code." — Adrian Mackenzie, Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262304306
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Series: Software Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Geoff Cox is Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communications at AarhusUniversity, Denmark.

Alex McLean is a Research Fellow at ICSRiM (the Interdisciplinary Centre for ScientificResearch in Music) at the University of Leeds, a live coder, and software artist.

Franco Berardi, aka "Bifo," founder of the famous "Radio Alice" in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement, is a writer, media theorist, and media activist. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Foreword: Debt, Exactness, Excess Franco "Bifo" Berardi ix

Preface xiii

0 Double Coding 1

Coding subject 3

Coding expression 7

Introduction 11

1 Vocable Code (co-written with Alex McLean) 17

Coding language 19

Grammars-Notation-Indeterminism Coding speech 27

Machines-Intelligence-Embodiment Code act 34

Speech act-Vocable Synthesis-Excess

2 Code Working 39

Code in-itself 41

Emergence-Computation-Voice Coding work 47

Valorization-Property-Self-organization Code action 58


3 Coding Publics 69

Public domain 72

Purification-Ownership-Freedoms Public networking 79


Public for-itself 91


4 Code for-Itself 99

Execution 100

Negation 102

Coda 104

Notes 111

References 135

Index 145

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