Computers have had a long history of being used and abused by artists in their craft, and there are very few programming languages (including visual languages) which have not been used in service of this goal. However, few of these languages were designed specifically by and for artists. Ironically, the humanities are often overlooked in human-centred computing.
The Artist-Centred Computing workshop is an opportunity to explore the design objectives and constraints of building programming languages/environments for artists. Rather than considering specific artworks, it’s a chance to wrestle with the technical issues which arise when designing systems for artistic creation. It’s a chance for computer scientists—many of whom have a deep interest in the arts—can bring their ‘day job’ expertise to bear on this design challenge. ACC 2014 is a workshop at the 2014 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (https://sites.google.com/site/vlhcc2014/).