Live coding/weaving - Penelopean mêtis and the weaver-coder’s kairos

Cocker, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2985-7839, 2015. Live coding/weaving - Penelopean mêtis and the weaver-coder’s kairos. In: First International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC2015), University of Leeds, 13-15 July 2015.

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Drawing on my experience as a critical interlocutor within the Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves project (2014—2016,, in this paper I propose potential points of connection between Ancient weaving and live coding, considering both practices through the prism of the Ancient Greek concept of technē, a species of tactical knowledge combining the principles of mêtis (cunning intelligence) and Kairos (opportune timing). Specifically, this enquiry addresses the human qualities of attention, cognitive agility and tactical intelligence activated within both live coding and live weaving, arguing that such practices might have potential as ‘practices of the self’, as a means for cultivating a more critical mode of human agency and subjectivity.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Cocker, E.
Date: 2015
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 04 Apr 2016 15:49
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:00
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