*1973 in Boston (US), lives and works in New York City (US)
2018, Video with two interactive touchpads
Conventionally codes, programming languages and software are seen as language dictionaries helping humans to encode processes and logic into sequences of operations to be executed by machines. Depending on what we would like to achieve, we chose a set of tools.
Yet code can be more than a fixed tool whereby creativity does not only reside in its output but also in its handling. Each language has different approaches that lead to the same result: this variety allows for artistic creation by disrupting common workflows through different visual coding styles to abstract constructs of logic.
The next steps consist of the creation of new languages where the process and uses are not the main motivation any more. It is about the breaking boundaries of existing languages, creating a frame set by the code or the input, and output method, and less by the information processed.
The installation esoteric.codes invites visitors to explore the world of codes in all its creativity and whimsy, its playfulness, and potential for disruption. The video gives an insight into this collection of codes, while visitors can explore the many facets of the archive on the tablets.