[-empyre-] Concerning the poetics of programming and culture

Hamilton and Bonk provide this perspective:

A computer language is a notation for the unambiguous description of computer programmes. Such languages are synthetic in their vocabulary; punctuation, grammar, syntax and semantics are precisely defined in the context of a particular operating system. They suffer from an inability to cope with autonomous expression - an essential attribute of an organic language. The poetic of computers lies in the genius of individual programmers to express the beauty of their thought using such an inexorable medium. (Hamilton & Bonk, 1997, p.309)

HAMILTON, R. and BONK, E. 1997. The Typosophic Texture. Politics/Poetics: Das Burch Zur Documenta X. Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag.

The program functions in conjunction with the work. Content arises based on textual inter-functionality on multiple levels as experienced by an interactant.


-- Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D. Department Head Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division) Rhode Island School of Design Two College St. Providence, R.I. 02903-4956 401 277 4956 fax 401 277 4966 bseaman@risd.edu


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