Programming languages are no longer just tools; they have become a means for experimentation and self-expression. Esolangs (“esoteric programming languages”) make code out of punctuation, images, or whitespace, and build compilers that use existing text as unintentional programs. They challenge Western assumptions about what code should look like, and comment on how we communicate with the machine and with each other. They’ve been taken up by code artists for languages enacted as physical gestures, and by poets building on codework and Oulipo.
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Daniel Temkin makes images, programming languages, and interactive pieces that use the machine as a place of confrontation between human thought and logic. His blog esoteric.codes, 2014 recipient of the ArtsWriters.org grant, documents the history of programming languages as an art medium. He has presented on the subject at SXSW, SIGGRAPH, Media Art Histories, and ISEA, and has published in journals such as Leonardo, World Picture Journal, and Media-N. Daniel regularly performs readings from his Internet Directory project, a 37,000+ page loose-leaf book of all the .COM domains in alphabetical order; he received a commission from the Webby Awards to build an online version, a scroll of domains that takes two years to watch. His work has been featured in ArtNews, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe.www.danieltemkin.com