Vocable Code

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Vocable Code is both a work of ‘software art’ (software as artwork, not software to make an artwork) and a ‘codework’ (where the source code and critical writing operate together) produced to embody “queer code”. Collective statements and voices complete the phrase ‘Queer is…’ and together make a computational and poetic composition for two screens: on one of these, texts and voices are repeated and disrupted by mathematical chaos, together exploring the performativity of code and language; on the other, is a mix of a computer programming syntax and human language. In this sense queer code can be understood as both an object and subject of study that intervenes in the world’s ‘becoming' and how material bodies are produced via human and nonhuman practices. Through mixing the natural and computer language, this article presents a script in six parts from a performative lecture for two persons and a computer. The purpose is to exemplify the speech-like qualities of a computer program, and to explore the constant regeneration and re-running of code as a way to rethink computational logic from a posthuman position.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic research will eat itself : Proceedings of the The 9th International Conference on Arctic Research
EditorsGeoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes
Number of pages8
PublisherSociety for Artistic Research
Publication date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
EventArtistic Research Will Eat Itself: 9th SAR - International Conference on Artistic Research - University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 201813 Apr 2018
Conference number: 9


ConferenceArtistic Research Will Eat Itself
LocationUniversity of Plymouth
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • code
  • speech-act
  • software art
  • Programming


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  • Artistic Research Will Eat Itself: Proceedings of International Conference

    Cox, G. (ed.), Lewin, A. (ed.), Prior, A. (ed.), Hopes, L. (ed.), Drayson, H. (ed.), Fatehrad, A. (ed.) & Gall, A. (ed.), 2018, 448 p. Research Catalogue - Society for Artsistic Research.

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearchpeer-review

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  • Vocable Code

    Soon, W., 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formComputer programmeResearchpeer-review

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