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exquisite_code interrogates notions of read/run in a radical experiment hothousing a collaborative novel.

From February 15th 2010 at E:vent Gallery in London's East End 8/9 writers will work eight hours a day for five days.

Text chunks will be produced, written over scaleable sessions in response to a set of prompts generated by participants throughout each day.

At the end of each session bespoke and reconfigurable edit-software will worm through the chunks, adding to the text repository to elaborate the exquisite_code life novel.

The edit-software is interrogated and re-written in scheduled code writing sprints by the participants.

Output will be on live display and hardcopy will continuously spit from line printers.
Publication of all code, prompts and text will be by way of POD in collaboration with Mute


1] Leif Elggren [SWE], writer/mystic/artist

2] Dave Griffiths [UK] artist/coder

3] Brendan Howell [US/DE], writer/coder/artist

4] Jonathan Kemp [UK], writer/artist

5] Eleanora Oreggia [IT/NL] writer/coder/artist

6] Sabrina Small [US], writer/artist

7] Laura Oldfield Ford [UK] writer/artist

8] Colm Lally Gallery Manager E:vent Gallery 96 Teesdale Street London E2 6PU

9] POD collaboration with Simon Worthington at Mute



The event will culminate in a final night launch on Saturday 20th February at E:vent, with extracts of the novel presented to the public through human-machine readings, performances and detournements by participants made from the weeks accumulated materials and including invited performers:


Hannah Wen-Shan Shieh [TW/UK]

Martin Howse [UK/DE]

Preslav Literary School [UK/DE]

Ryan Jordan [UK]


Code, prompts and text chunks will be displayed throughout the five days via

line printers, crt display, data projection, and Text to Speech output

All is to be available through Mute's POD service

February 15-20th 2010 at E:vent gallery


This is an exquisite_code production in collaboration with E:vent Gallery, London,, and supported by Arts Council England