Hi List & Tom
Thereís a lot of automation in staging which is replacing performers. A classic example is that musicians are replaced by audio software. Iíve been reading Jaron Lanierís book, Who Owns the Future? It takes about labour being devalued. Or automated or in the case of the artist democratized. The only people making money are the gatekeepers(the Facebook & google & app store owners). Timerís in code are part of the process that informs performance. So is random select. The position of the artist in these cases is to use the timers to add precision to their or the audiences interaction with the software. The artist can also insist on specialized knowledge or a particular aesthetic/lingustic style that a code canít produce. The random select is a great tool but needs the human artist to control, direct and interpret the effects of randomization. This is what I mean by humanizing code. In another sense we all need to define what it meas to be human within this data system. Or to maintain our identities, personalites and liberties in the data systems. I believe that weíre very close to having everything and everybody hooked to the network. Thiis means that the network is part of us as much as we are part of the network.
On Mar 8, 2014, at 9:32 AM, Tom Schofield <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In this sense to talk about the performativity of code is really to talk about the way that it does or doesnít take fit into a broader ecology.