This week marks the publication of the first book-length work of criticism under the mantle of Critical Code Studies. Published by MIT Press, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 is a book borne of the first Critical Code Studies Working Group, following (a labyrinthine path via) a thread offered by Nick Montfort. Drawing upon approaches of computer science, design, art history, science and technology studies, and more, this volume demonstrates how much can be said about just one line of code, a BASIC program that creates a pattern that resembles mazes.
Writing as one, the ten authors include: Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Casey Reas, Mark Sample, Noah Vawter.
10 PRINT demonstrates how much can be said about even one line of code and how just one line of code can serve as the entryway into an exploration of computational culture of a particular historical moment.
Also, since it was published in the Software Studies series with the two editors of the Platform Studies series, Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost, this book offers a glimpse at the intersection of these approaches with Critical Code Studies. The book explores how the hardware platform made this particular piece of software so compelling as a first taste of the potential of programming to beginners taking up BASIC.
The publication of the book is being kicked off with presentations and exhibits in Cambridge, Mass., and will be appearing in various locales across the country, details to follow.
The book will be available for shipping via Amazon as of 11/28/12.