Emma Cocker

Emma Cocker is a writer-artist and Associate Professor in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University.

  • Live Coding

    A User's Manual

    Alan F. Blackwell, Emma Cocker, Geoff Cox, Alex McLean, and Thor Magnusson

    The first comprehensive introduction to the origins, aspirations, and evolution of live coding.

    Performative, improvised, on the fly: live coding is about how people interact with the world and each other via code. In the last few decades, live coding has emerged as a dynamic creative practice gaining attention across cultural and technical fields—from music and the visual arts through to computer science. Live Coding: A User's Manual is the first comprehensive introduction to the practice and a broader cultural commentary on the potential for live coding to open up deeper questions about contemporary cultural production and computational culture. This multi-authored book—by artists and musicians, software designers, and researchers—provides a practice-focused account of the origins, aspirations, and evolution of live coding, including expositions from a wide range of live coding practitioners. In a more conceptual register, the authors consider liveness, temporality, and knowledge in relation to live coding, alongside speculating on the practice's future forms.

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