The Poetics of Machine Language

The code language of

Anyone who uses social media, which is just about everyone, speaks the language of the machine. The taxonomies of #hashtags or @usernames, or even messaging abbreviations and emoticons represent a coded form of expression that shifts our writing (and thinking) into the compressed, symbolic language of software code. Is our inexorable connection to computers resulting in the mechanization of everyday speech? Or are we becoming poets of the information age? Are we losing the ability to write in long form because of the decreasing attention span of the reader? Are we in fact becoming cyborgs: half human, half machine in our embrace of technological forms of writing and communication?

Click to know your positiv sentence for today? #‎positiv‬ ‪#‎thinking‬ ‪#‎systaime‬ – Systaime aka Michael Borras

As we embed ourselves further and deeper into the virtual relations of social media and online forms of communications, clearly the language of the machine is creeping into our vocabulary and thought process. As we are increasingly engaged with the global FLOW of information, embedding ourselves in the coded language of the information FLOW, the code of the machine is seeping almost imperceptibly into our thinking, our writing, and our social relationships. Language has become coded and hard wired to the machine, no hidden longer hidden beneath the surface of the screen.

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Many artists whose work directly engages emerging technological forces have assimilated code into their poetics and critique. The typographical symbols of code have become aesthetic gestures in their work through language as an expressive mechanism and social commentary on the techno-culture.

N.Et.A[l]rtizen #[s]tip[ewe.lation]3: S[m]o[dalities+fun]c[t]i[ons_]al[ways]media[ate]platform[at]s. – Mez Breeze

The artists are also exposing the raw beauty of code stripped bare of its functionality, allowed to rise to the surface of the work. The artist themselves are often programmers and make use of typographical symbols extracted from code as pure visual and narrative elements.

!nfo data = z!kld !n komplecz z!klz.
dze ztupendouz r!ch+nesz = 1 zum. _- d!g!tl-vagabondz / Netochka Nezvanova

Once appropriated into the artist’s literary and visual vocabulary, there is a sense of originality in the way each artist makes coded expression their own language. At times subversive, extreme, abrasive, playful, or suggestive, the coded wordplay is a form of mark on canvas or a literary experiment.

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The artistic use of code expression suggests the possibility of future artist book forms, expressed in the language of our own time, stories told in the medium of digital communications about the act of living in the moment of the ever-present-present of the information FLOW of NOW, the ever-expanding information overFLOW of non-stop media ingestion…

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I would say, finally, that the artistic expression of the language and poetics of the machine is the recognition of code as a powerful force of entertainment + satiation + stimulation + intoxication in the endless pursuit of the transformation of the written and spoken word.