Queering Vocable Code
Queering Vocable Code
The workshop examines the generative, operative, and normativity of code. Through queering code and discussing possible (non)binary logics, participants will queer their voices by performing dynamic statements to intervene a software program and artwork called "Vocable Code".
[No prior coding experience is required]
[Open to feminists of all genders]
Vocable Code is both a work of “software art” (software as artwork, not software to make an artwork) and a “codework” (where the source code and critical writing operate together) produced to embody “queer code”, examining the notion of queerness in computer coding through the interplay of different human and nonhuman voices. Collective statements and voices complete the phrase “Queer is…” and together make a computational and poetic composition. Through running Vocable Code on a browser, the texts and voices are repeated and disrupted by mathematical chaos, creating a dynamic audio-visual literature and exploring the performativity of code, subjectivity and language. Behind but next to the executed web interface of Vocable Code (13082018), the code itself is deliberately written as a codework, a mix of a computer programming language and human language, exploring the material and linguistic tensions of writing and reading within the context of (non)binary poetry and computer programming.
More info: http://siusoon.net/vocable-code/
Requirements for participants
Zoom.us application for video streaming with free account
Open to feminists of all genders.
Winnie Soon is a Hong Kong artist-researcher, currently living in Denmark and working at the intersection of media/computational art, software studies, cultural studies and code practice. Her artworks and research examine the cultural implications of technologies in which computational processes and infrastructure underwrite our experiences, specifically concerning automated censorship, data circulation, real-time processing/liveness, invisible infrastructure and the culture of code practice.
Soon’s artworks and projects have been exhibited and presented internationally at museums, festivals, public libraries, universities and conferences across Europe, Asia and America, including but not limited to ZKM, RMIT Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Transmediale, Electronic Literature Festival, ISEA, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, WRO Media Art Biennale, Roskilde Library, Pulse Art + Technology Festival, FutureEverything Art Exhibition, Ars Electronica, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, and among others.
In 2019, she has received the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale Award and Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature (short-listed), Literature in Digital Transformation.
Currently, Soon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Design at Aarhus University. Her current research focuses on critical technical and feminist practice, working on two books titled “Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies” (with Geoff Cox) and “Fix My Code” (with Cornelia Sollfrank).