Open code-reading circle
Magic Code Circle with nota e.V.
Usually, code is only read by programmers. What does this mean for digital art and culture projects that are committed to open standards? For the workshop format OFFENER CODE READING CIRCLE: MAGIC CODE CIRCLE, the team of nota e.V. invites you to bend over the source code of open software together, to read, discuss and comment. In a mixture of reading circle and séance, participants immerse themselves in software codes. They are picked up by Magic Host Mars, followed by a glitch meditation as a transition into the "Magic Circle". There, code dilettantes Birk & Aurora mix drinks and read, discuss and comment on open software source codes with the participants. How can knowledge be shared without everyone having to have the same technical skills? Who can have intimate knowledge of software? What does the language of code reveal about its software and about the programmers? How can code reveal its own history? No Coding skills required!
The software "nota" is a social, technical and aesthetic digital rehearsal space and assembly tool and has been produced and further developed since 2021 by nota e.V., a community of artists, scientists and programmers. notas first prototype was created in 2017 during a residency on notations by computer scientist Nils Bultjer and the theater collective VOLL:MILCH. By now a network has gathered around the assembly software, the software prototype has become the meeting space of an interdisciplinary community: nota is an impulse for an exchange between different practices and offers a common thinking and rehearsal space, even for people without a particular affinity to the digital. The goal of the association is to create a sustainable structure in which knowledge and hierarchies can be questioned, (de)assembled and rearranged.