CCSWG16 Week 1 Round-up

Week 1: 
Our Code Literacy week was led by Chris Lindgren, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, and Annette Vee. Chris began the week by asking us to examine three related texts and to try to read the code, reflecting on the limits of the code alone for an understanding of its development. Lindgren asked among other questions what context gets obscured in code? Sneha discussed her work bringing coding skills to marginalized groups and asked us to reflect on coding as a form of agency.  Annette extended those questions by asking what knowledge of coding was necessary for our participation in a democratic society. Ben Grosser, Hayley Steele, Judy Malloy, Gregory Bringman, and Clarissa Lee also contributed to the week’s discussion.  It’s not too late for you to join this discussion, too!
The Code Critiques launched this week were:
Recreating the 1990 GW-BASIC version of its name was Penelope by Judy Malloy
Alliance LARP rule set: Code that Runs on Humans? by Hayley Steele
Every Javascript Variable from Amazon.com by Jeff Thompson
Reddit’s Hot Sort by Dylan De Jong
Week 2: 
David Berry is leading us through an exploration of Joseph Weizenbaum’s ELIZA/DOCTOR ported into BASIC. Please, join us in this collaborative annotation which we will pick up again in Week 4.

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Launching CCSWG16

Critical Code Studies Working Group 2016
Jan 18 t0 Feb 14, 2016 

The 4th biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group (CCSWG), Jan 18-Feb 14th is underway, and you are invited to join us for explorations of code in culture and culture through code.

CCSWG is the major online think tank for Critical Code Studies, a hub of dialogue and collaborative inquiry that generates major thrust in the reading of code.  This marks the 10 year anniversary of the publication of the article that named this subfield and the launch of the second decade of scholarship.  The Working Groups have been the principal site of developments in this area, and this one is positioned to continue that tradition.

The threads from the first were published in electronic book review, as will the threads from the subsequent CCSWGs.  Past discussions have led to books (10 PRINT), essays, and conference panels. Join us for explorations for the intersections of computer source code and the humanities.

Major Topics:

Schedule: Jan 18-Feb 14
Week 1: Jan 18: Code Literacies: Annette Vee, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Chris Lindgren
Week 2: Jan 25: Archaeologies of Code: Reading ELIZA: David M Berry
Week 3: Feb 1: Politics and Ethics of Code: James Brown, Jr. and Kevin Brock
Week 4: Feb 8: Scalar/Workbench books: all

Coordinated by Jeremy Douglass and Mark C. Marino with Viola Lasmana and Ashley Champagne

Sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab (USC) and Transcriptions Center (UCSB)

To join: Please, contact Mark C Marino if you would like to join the Working Group.  email: markcmarino [at] gmail. 

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CFP 2016 Critical Code Studies Working Group (Jan 2, Jan 11-Feb 7)

Critical Code Studies Working Group 2016

Jan 18 t0 Feb 14, 2016 [updated]

Announcing the 4th biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group, Jan 11-Feb 7, online. CCSWG is the major online think tank for Critical Code Studies, a hub of dialogue and collaborative inquiry that generates major thrust in the reading of code.  This marks the 10 year anniversary of the publication of the article that named this subfield and the launch of the second decade of scholarship.  The Working Groups have been the principal site of developments in this area, and this one is positioned to continue that tradition.

The threads from the first were published in electronic book review, as will the threads from the subsequent CCSWGs.  Past discussions have led to books (10 PRINT), essays, and conference panels. Join us for explorations for the intersections of computer source code and the humanities.

Major Topics:

Schedule: Jan 18-Feb 14
Week 1: Jan 18: Code Literacies: Annette Vee, Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Chris Lindgren
Week 2: Jan 25: Reading ELIZA: David M Berry
Week 3: Feb 1: Politics and Ethics of Code: James Brown, Jr. and Kevin Brock
Week 4: Feb 8: Scalar/Workbench books: us/all

Coordinated by Jeremy Douglass and Mark C. Marino with Viola Lasmana and Ashley Champagne

To apply to join the working group, please send an application to markcmarino at gmail by Jan 2 including:

  • Name:
  • Institutional Affiliation:
  • Past work or study related to Critical Code Studies
  • (Recommended) Proposed Code Critique thread or related discussion
  • Brief Bio

A “code critique” is a segment of code (or entire program) you wish to offer for discussion by the working group.  You can see examples of code critiques in these HASTAC threads.

Notice of acceptance will be given by Jan 5. Send applications to markcmarino at g- mail dot com.

CCSWG is sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California. http://haccslab.com  Twitter: @haccs

For more information, contact Mark Marino.

 

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Announcing a New Platform for Critical Code Studies

Announcing ACLS Workbench: A new site for collaborative Critical Code Studies!
Site: http://scalar.usc.edu/aclsworkbench

ACLS Workbench Tour from Mark Marino on Vimeo.

ACLS Workbench is a new platform for collaborative research, which enables scholars to create, join, or clone online arguments enhanced with multimedia content.

http://scalar.usc.edu/aclsworkbench

ACLS Workbench has two novel features: the “join” feature and the “clone” feature. The join features allows new collaborators to apply to join your research project. The clone feature allows scholars to copy entire books so they can build their own interpretations.

The platform also enables the annotation of source code.  Participants in CCSWG14 were invited to test this platform, and from that group, we have forthcoming collaborative readings of code.

ACLS Workbench is built on the ANVC Scalar platform, which offers special affordances for presenting multimedia content and custom hyperlinked paths through material. Combined with features to annotate video and code along with Workbench’s affordances, this new platform offers a powerful tool for collaboration. (Video introduction of the site: http://youtu.be/twMliWAt5KA )

As a demonstration of Workbench, we are launching Reading Project, the online companion to our recent book: Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit just published by University of Iowa Press.

http://scalar.usc.edu/aclsworkbench/reading-project/

The book offers a collaborative investigation of one work of digital literature, modeling an argument for more intensive collaboration in the digital humanities by combining scholars who draw their methodologies from visual analytics, Critical Code Studies, media archaeology and others. The ACLS Workbench site presents our arguments and findings in an online multimedia format. Crucially, future scholars may clone our online book and use its assets to build new arguments.

The book argues: “Collaboration can produce understandings that are greater than the sum of their parts. Conversely, collaboration can foster new ways of understanding what we do as critics, scholars, and readers. Such reflection and innovation is vital not only to literary criticism but also to the future of the humanities more generally” (137). Workbench was designed to present and promote these collaborations.

ACLS Workbench was designed by Jessica Pressman (San Diego State U), Mark C Marino (USC), and Jeremy Douglass (UCSB) as part of an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship in collaboration with Lucas Miller, Craig Dietrich, and Erik Loyer. The platform is online and freely available. The demonstration book Reading Project was developed with the kind permission of William Poundstone and the assistance of Elizabeth Shayne.

Contact Us:

Jessica Pressman, jessicapressman0 at gmail
Mark Marino, markcmarino at gmail
Jeremy Douglass, jeremydouglass at gmail

For more on Scalar, see: http://scalar.usc.edu

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Joellyn Rock Presenting at USC Jan 14

Sophronia project stillDIGITAL NARRATIVE, NETPROV AND INSTALLATION
ARTIST TALK
Joellyn Rock
11am Wednesday
January 14, 2015
SCI 108, USC

A visual narrator, Joellyn Rock is particularly interested in how emerging media is changing the ways that stories can be told. Rock teaches digital art at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she helped establish the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab. She will share her creative process working with digital narrative and multimedia installation in a range of hybrid text/image/video projects. Her recent collaborative work, The Sophronia Project, was showcased at the Walker Art Center for NorthernSpark 2014.

Sponsors:
The Writing Program,
The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab

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CCSWG14 Week 2 Highlights

by Viola Lasmana

Critical Code Studies Working Group 14
Week 2 Highlights

After a generative first week discussing “Exploratory Programming,” the Critical Code Studies Working Group wraps up another exciting week of discussion on “Feminist Programming” led by Arielle Schlesinger with Jacqueline Wernimont and Ben Wiedermann as discussants.

As of March 13, 2014, the CCSWG has increased to a total of 97 participants, and Schlesinger’s “Feminist Programming” thread has garnered 48 comments. There is now a total of 11 Code Critique threads, with the latest one, “‘After Jasper Johns’ and ‘Flag,’” added by Nick Montfort.

So far, we also have 5 Workbench Projects (listed below) that are meant to be collaborative code readings using the ACLS Workbench platform. Participants are encouraged to join one of the Code Critiques marked Workbench, start their own, or label an existing Code Critique thread Workbench as an invitation to others. More than just a simple Code Critique discussion thread, these explorations would lead to media-rich examinations of code objects, including text, video, images, and other forms of media. The work on these critiques will only begin during the WG, and their finished versions will be potential candidates for publication in a special issue of the innovative, peer-reviewed journal Vectors.

“Siri’s grandmother: Weizenbaum’s ELIZA” by Mark Marino
“Haints Seraphs Griot” by Mark Marino
“Null Programs” by Nick Montfort
“In Pursuit of Natural Language: FLOW-MATIC” by Mark Marino
“This is Not Super Mario Bros.: Cory Arcangel’s Mario Clouds” by Patrick LeMieux

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CCSWG14 Week 1 Highlights

Critical Code Studies Working Group 14
Week 1 Highlights
by Viola Lasmana

The 3rd biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group (CCSWG), organized by Mark Marino and Jeremy Douglass, launched a great first week with Nick Montfort’s discussion of “Exploratory Programming,” a conversation that has raised thought-provoking concepts and issues and become an immensely useful resource for tinkering with various programming languages and projects.

As of March 4, 2014, the CCSWG has a total of 90 participants, and Montfort’s discussion thread has garnered 84 comments. To date, 10 Code Critique Threads have been posted for further discussion:

“Exploratory Code Sample: Cable” by John Bell
“Code that encourages exploratory coding by modification: Function Explorer” by Frances Van Scoy
“Esoteric Code Languages and Other Ephemera” by David Berry
“Cryptographically-obfuscated code” by Quinn DuPont
“‘Genderswapping’ or ‘Misgendering’? A Question of ‘Jailbreaking the Patriarchy’” by Chris Lindgren
“SCIGen” by Zach Whalen
“Hey, you: Interpellation via Perl” by the WG organizers, Mark Marino and Jeremy Douglass
“Feminist Code: micha cárdenas” by Arielle Schlesinger
“Considering rhetorical genres in code via Gary Bernhardt’s ‘wat’ talk” by Kevin Brock
“In Pursuit of Natural Language: FLOW-MATIC by Grace Hopper” by Mark Marino

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CCSWG14 Preview

[updated: 2/13] The Critical Code Studies Working Group (Feb 23-March 23) is the biannual summit for the major developments in code studies.  The group tends to be an interdisciplinary mix of scholars and artists with a wide range of specialties.  Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the members who will be joining us for CCSWG14 in addition to our featured presenters.  Applications are due Feb 15th.

Invited & Featured Participants (partial list)

David M. Berry
Wendy Chun
Damon Loren Baker
Stephanie Boluk
Evan Buswell
Geoff Cox & Alex McLean (authors of Speaking Code)
N. Katherine Hayles
Steve Klabnik
Adeline Koh
Patrick LeMieux
Pierre Levy
Elizabeth Losh
Judy Malloy
Lev Manovich
Tara McPherson
Netwurker Mez
Nick Montfort
Lisa Nakamura
Jessica Pressman
Amit Ray
Roopika Risam
Arielle Schesinger
Jacqueline Wernimont
Ben Wiedermann
Roger Whitson
Mark Wolff

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CFParticipation: CCS Working Group 2014 (2/15, 2/23-3/23/14)

Critical Code Studies Working Group 2014
Feb 23-March 23, 2014

(updated 2/15) Announcing the 3rd biannual Critical Code Studies Working Group , Feb 23-March 23, online. CCSWG is the major online think tank for Critical Code Studies, a hub of dialogue and collaborative inquiry that generates major thrust in the reading of code.  The threads from the first were published in electronic book review, as will the threads from the subsequent CCSWGs.  Past discussions have led to books (10 PRINT), essays, and conference panels. Join us for explorations for the intersections of computer source code and the humanities.

Major Topics:
Nick Montfort: Exploratory Programming
Arielle Schlesinger with Jacqueline Wernimont & Ben Wiedermann: Feminist Code
Adeline Koh, Amit Ray, Roopika Risam: Postcolonial Critical Code Studies

Coordinated by Jeremy Douglass, Viola Lasmana, & Mark C. Marino

To apply to join the working group, please send an application to ccswg14 at gmail by Feb 12th including:

  • Name:
  • Institutional Affiliation:
  • Past work or study related to Critical Code Studies
  • (Recommended) Proposed Code Critique thread or related discussion
  • Brief Bio

A “code critique” is a segment of code (or entire program) you wish to offer for discussion by the working group.  You can see examples of code critiques in these HASTAC threads.

Notice of acceptance will be given by Feb 18. Send applications to ccswg14 at g- mail dot com.

CCSWG is sponsored by the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California. http://haccslab.com  Twitter: @haccs
Special thanks to HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance Collaboratory) for its support in fostering discussions of CCS, including the original conversation on which Arielle Schlesinger introduced her inquiry into a Feminist Programming Language.

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Nick Montfort: Computational Poetic Models 1/16

For the first event of 2014, HaCCS Lab welcomes Nick Montfort for a guest talk, co-sponsored by the iMap Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

8bit Nick

Computational Poetic Models
Thursday, January 16, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SCA Complex
SCI Room 108

Economists use computers to model economies, while architects model buildings using computers. Programming such models is now an essential method in many fields for both analysis and the creation of new work. Nick Montfort will discuss how programming computer models has been a part of his projects in the humanities and the literary arts. This type of literary computing can be done by motivated individuals or by small groups of collaborators, as he will show by demonstrating several small-scale literary models. He will also describe two projects, Curveship and his collaboration Slant, that show how larger-scale literary modeling can be done. His presentation will include a discussion of the literary concepts explored by my work and a reading of some of my digital poems.

Nick Montfort, an associate professor of digital media at MIT and faculty advisor for the Electronic Literature Organization, works at the intersection of digital media and creative writing. His digital media writing projects include the interactive fiction system Curveship and (with international collaborators) the large-scale story generation system Slant; the ppg256 series and Concrete Perl set of very small-scale poetry generators; the group blog Grand Text Auto; Ream, a 500-page poem written on one day; Mystery House Taken Over, a collaborative “occupation” of a classic game; Implementation, a novel on stickers written with Scott Rettberg; the interactive fictions Winchester’s Nightmare, Ad Verbum, and Book and Volume; and several other digital poems and language generators, including the collaborations Sea and Spar Between and The Deletionist. Other projects include 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a 10-author single-voice publication that Montfort organized and which focuses on a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, written with Ian Bogost and the first book in the Platform Studies series which he co-edits. He also wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction and edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (with N. Katherine Hayles, Stephanie Strickland, and Scott Rettberg), and The New Media Reader (with Noah Wardrip-Fruin). Montfort is currently writing Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, completing a book of poetry to be published by Counterpath Press, and further developing several digital projects.

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