Kinetics of Performance

Watching programmers write code can be about as fun as watching paint dry, but a few pioneers are creating dynamic, musical performances based on programming languages such as Perl. Here are photos of a few of these artists at work. Check out our other photo galleries on our photo blog.

University of California, San Diego, art professor Amy Alexander performs sets using her own language, Thingee. Alexander says electronic music lacks the kinetic aspects of performance -- seeing a performer do something that has an audible reaction, so she shows crowds her code and enters script commands with guitar-like flourishes. Photo: Courtesy of Amy Alexander [via Wired's Livecoding blog]