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Language & Encoding
A Symposium for Artists, Programmers, & Scholars

Nov. 8-9, 2002
Buffalo, New York


Key practitioners in new media arts, cultural theory, computer science, and poetics deliberate issues critical to the intertwined engagements of language, expression, and computer code in emergent media.

Addressed will be issues of the status of code as language, how programming languages modulate intention, and how programming mediates language. Further, the often contradictory interdependence of language and encoding, the duality of code as notation and instruction, the "otherness" of the executable work, the relevance of particular languages to specific tasks, and the machine/human language border will be interrogated. Responding to these issues will be artists, programmers, and scholars with diverse interests and varied backgrounds. Presented papers will be published as a special issue of Dichtung Digital, December 2002.

Language & Encoding features John Cayley, Alex Galloway, Lisa Jevbratt, Lev Manovich, Michael Mateas, Jonathan Minton, David Rokeby, Phoebe Sengers, and Marc Böhlen and Loss Pequeño Glazier, symposium organizers. With special performances by Judd Morrissey & Lori Talley and Beige Records.
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"Language & Encoding" is presented by the Poetics Program, the Department of Media Study, the Department of English Butler Chair, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office, and the Office of the Vice President of Research, SUNY Buffalo. Evening events presented in collaboration with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Big Orbit Sound Lab, Buffalo, New York.