Nmherman on 15 Jan 2001 16:03:13 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Code as (literary) text

In a message dated 1/15/2001 5:01:42 AM Central Standard Time, 
pold@multimedia.au.dk writes:

> It seems to me like an obvious approach, though I haven't
>  found much work done with such a literary approach to programming (but 
> probably
>  I've overlooked something). If you know anybody else working with such 
> issues,
>  please inform me or the list!

Lawrence Eagleton wrote a while ago that literary theory should cease to 
exist as a separate discipline.  I incorporate a lot of literature into 
Genius 2000, but there's no agreement on what literature is much less how it 
relates to code.  If you want to draw parallels you're on your own.  It all 
depends on how you define literature and how you define code; both of which 
are hotly contested areas of expertise.  Combining them is even hotter.  
Integer is quite smart about it though, for starters.  And Mark Stahlman.  
For my own part, I look at certain aspects of what we call 
literature--narrative, for example--and incorporate them into a website and 
video which in turn suggest a few proposals about code and network 
organization.  But be warned:  crossing disciplines means crossing those 
trained in same.

Max Herman

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