The Spaces, Mobilities and Soundings of Coding

Forthcoming in Hartmann-Petersen, K, Perez Fjalland, E.L., and Freudendal-Pedersen, M (eds) Experiencing Urban Networked Mobilities, Routledge.

7 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2016 Last revised: 17 Jun 2016

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Sung-Yueh Perng

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth)

Date Written: May 31, 2016

Abstract

Despite its influences on urban spaces, software has largely remained a black-box for critical inspection, comprising specialist knowledge and reasoning and guarded against closer examination through compilation into executable files and by legal and intellectual property rights. However, there has been an energetic mobilisation of code writing beyond these legal, commercial, professional and knowledge confines. The mobilisation of software code for civic purposes, or civic hacking, has emerged as important everyday urban experiences. Opening up the black-box of software writing, however, leads to more issues that require further examination. This paper explores the processes of transforming everyday experiences into sequences of code by observing the social and sonic activities happening at a workshop where participants were learning a new programming language. It unpacks the complexity of code writing and indicates further complications when mobilising code for civic purposes.

Keywords: civic hacking, software, programming, mobilities of code, soundscape, spaces of coding

Suggested Citation

Perng, Sung-Yueh, The Spaces, Mobilities and Soundings of Coding (May 31, 2016). Forthcoming in Hartmann-Petersen, K, Perez Fjalland, E.L., and Freudendal-Pedersen, M (eds) Experiencing Urban Networked Mobilities, Routledge.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2788574

Sung-Yueh Perng (Contact Author)

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) ( email )

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Maynooth, Kildare
Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://progcity.maynoothuniversity.ie/contributors/sung-yueh-perng/

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