Aesthetic Implications of the Algorithm Applied to New Media Art Works : A Focus on Live Coding

뉴미디어 예술 작품에 적용된 알고리즘의 미학적 함의 : 라이브 코딩을 중심으로

  • 오준호 (서강대학교 영상대학원)
  • Received : 2013.01.17
  • Accepted : 2013.03.06
  • Published : 2013.03.28


This paper researches the algorithm, whose materiality and expressiveness can be obtained through live coding. Live coding is an improvised genre of music that generates sounds while writing code in real time and projecting it onto a screen. Previous studies of live coding have focused on the development environment to support live coding performance effectively. However, this study examines the aesthetic attitude immanent in the realization of the algorithm through analyzing mostly used languages such as ChucK, Impromtu, and the visualization of live code and cases of "aa-cell" and "slub" performance. The aesthetic attitudes of live coding performance can be divided into algebraic and geometric attitudes. Algebraic attitudes underline the temporal development of concepts; geometric attitudes highlight the materialization of the spatial structure of concepts through image schemas. Such a difference echoes the tension between conception and materiality, which appears in both conceptual and concrete poetry. The linguistic question of whether conception or materiality is more greatly emphasized defines the expressiveness of the algorithm.


Live Coding;Programming Language;Software Studies;Algorithm Studies;New Media Art


Supported by : 한국연구재단


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