[NetBehaviour] Livecoding As Realistic Artistic Practice.
info at furtherfield.org
Mon Mar 1 13:33:35 CET 2010
Livecoding As Realistic Artistic Practice.
By Rob Myers on February 5.
Realism in art is the absence of sentiment. Livecoding is writing
software in public while presenting the source code and its output along
with the programmer as a kind of performance. Hacking (computer
programming) is usually a solitary activity and hackers (computer
programmers) rarely get to hack on (program) software that they
themselves will use for their own ends or benefit directly from.
Livecoding turns hacking into a public, social, self-directed activity
by turning it into an artistic event.
By doing this livecoding briefly restores the kind of shared social
context and the relationship of hackers to the fruits of their labour
that Richard Stallman described in his account of life in the MIT AI Lab
of the 1970s. As Simon Yuill points out about this account,
Stallman describes the proletarianisation of hacking as business
interests took over from pure (state funded) research.
If livecoding romanticised hacking or was simply an exercise in
professional nostalgia for a lost age of authentic relations between
hacker and machine then it would be sentimental. Sentimentalising
hacking would add nothing to culture or to the socioeconomic situation
of hackers. It would mis-represent its subject to its audience. It would
be distraction, a comforter, spectacle.
More information about the NetBehaviour