We are happy to announce the launch of the Live Coding Research Network (LCRN), hosting a series of symposia and other events over the next two years, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Live Coding involves writing and modifying code while it is active, turning computer programming into a performing art. The TOPLAP movement (http://toplap.org) has explored live coding in music and video animation since 2003, and during this time live coding has expanded into cross disciplinary field. The LCRN steering committee alone includes researchers from such diverse fields of Education, Digital Aesthetics, Computer Science, Live Art, Music Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction, Choreography, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Participatory IT and Computer Games. The reason for this diversity is that live coding not only offers creative approaches to design, but also insights into how Human thought might to some extent be externalised and made public, a promise that is of interest to critical theorists, psychologists, pedagogues and practitioners alike.

Our first event was on the 21st March, and was a kick-off day designed to introduce the technology, philosophy and practice of live coding as a cross-disciplinary field of research. In the coming days we will announce details of the first symposium to be held at the University of Sussex in Brighton in early July.

Our partner organisation TOPLAP has also been awarded funds by Sound and Music to showcase live coding practice through a diverse practice-led programme alongside our research events. The first will be in London in partnership with the Craft Council.

Here’s to the next two years of Live coding research!

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