ICLC 2023 Catalogue

The Meaning of Live: From Art Without Audience to Programs Without Users

Alex McLean, Julian Rohrhuber, Renate Wieser

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Publication: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7843567


The concept of an 'art without audience' has informed live coding since its beginnings. Live Coding concentrates on collective work and questions the division between producers and consumers. This understanding of art has enabled a parallel strategy in the understanding of programming: just as an audience is not necessary for art, a user isn’t necessary for programming. In the same sense as we question the separation between developer and user, we question the juxtaposition of artist and audience. This gives us occasion to recall some aspects of live coding which we have always found central to this practice: the displacement of the relation between programmers and programs, and the emancipatory potential of public thought.