Life Coding

Life coding is a mapping of the descriptive means of hardware and programming onto the world. In this instance it includes the invention and construction of models and language to actively describe and code the event; instructing, structuring, re-structuring and constructing the 12 hours. Life coding is obviously influenced by the existence of programming, fiction, scripting and execution.



If I am to take this project further I can’t keep avoiding that black hole of xxxxx. I learnt about this group when Martin Howse came to give a presentation to Goldsmiths last year, 2008. The presentation was absolutely obscure but some keywords started to leave their traces in my brain. The idea of researching about fiction in an unconventional way started to build up. However, I never got into what they do.

Today I thought it was about time and started to explore their website. They won’t make it easy and fancy, that’s for sure. You need a big amount of motivation to cut through that jungle. I came across that definition of Life Coding that I quoted above. I realised Life Coding, a black hole within a black hole, is actually about coding life. I had been warned long ago not to confuse Life Coding with Live Coding. I am particularly interested in the former. In the use of fiction as a code executed on flesh. I’m interested in the exploration of how can a fiction interfere in the production of reality. I explored this idea in my dissertation. I regarded fictions as artificial agents participating in the production of reality.

I never gave these agents full power. I mean, I never regarded a fiction as capable of producing a world ex-nihilo. Instead, fictions are produced within a turbulent scenario that I described as the ACTION / PASSION paradigm. I’ll post that in this blog.

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    Olga carries practical and theoretical research in the field of media arts. She works as a co-editor with while she pursues a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths. Her research project looks into assemblages of sunlight, human bodies and machines. She is particularly interested on subtle modes of communication across bodies of radically different nature. She looks at the ways in which electronic circuits, computational systems, endocrine processes and neurological happenings intermingle. The tools she develops are speculations about the undercurrents of body communication.
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