Feedback in livecoding: cui bono?

control & communication in the livecoder and the machine

Ben Swift

13 Oct '21

we acknowledge and celebrate Australia's First Peoples on whose traditional lands we meet, and pay our respect to the elders past, present and emerging

who am I?


11:10 intro: the central problem with laptop performance
11:15 what does cybernetics say?
11:20 livecoding AMA
11:35 stage designer wanted—pitch me


(I assume you’ve done the pre-reading/watching)

the central problem of laptop performance

what do you think oldmate is doing?

what does cybernetics say?

control & communication in the (livecoding) animal and the machine

what are the flows of information (control & communication)?

and for whose benefit (cui bono)?

in watching the video, what did you pay attention to, and why?

what information was missing; what else did you want to know before/during/after?

(5min breakout rooms)

hint: later, you’ll get to have your say about how these flows could be improved

I'm a livecoder, AMA

stage designer wanted

set design, which is sometimes referred to as scenic design, refers to the design and creation of the sets used in works of performance art (source)

pitch time—what’s your vision for my (and Ushini’s) livecoding performance setup?

(10min breakout rooms, then 10min shareback)

some questions to ponder?

  • what sensory modalities (sound/visuals/etc) can you use?
  • what do K-pop stars/comedians/twitch streamers/DJs/etc. do well?
  • what feedback should the performer get?
  • what information should be hidden?
  • what’s the goal? what state should the system steer towards, and how?
  • where are the feedback loops?

remember: it’s a pitch… you’ve gotta sell it (with theory!)

pitch time

1–2 min per group

what’s next?

it’s a genuine open question for me (and other livecoders) in their creative practice

if you’d like to help/collaborate/jam, let me know 😊

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