Ben performing live as a musical livecoder. His back is to the camera (and the audience) giving the photo a mysterious auteur energy (or so he hopes).

Hi, I’m Ben Swift—I’m a scholar, artist and creative technologist, and one half of the core development team for the Extempore livecoding environment.

I’m the Educational Experiences team lead (Senior Lecturer) in the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. I’m also the director of the the c/c/c (code/creativity/culture) studio (home of the ANU Laptop Ensemble). The c/c/c studio is a teaching & research group which exists to open up spaces for discussion about the way that code is shaping flows of information/culture/humanity in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world.

I care a lot about making computing a welcoming, interesting and creatively satisfying place, especially for people who don’t fit the traditional picture of a “computer scientist”.

If you’d like to get in touch—and please do!—you can email me at [email protected].

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