February 22nd

Why Code?

Ester Marie Aagard (2019) The software we use can influence our life in many ways, some we are aware of and some which are hidden. I want to understand the hidden parts as data-tracking, the way in which different software’s are programmed and so forth. And in my projects, I try to visualize the hidden parts to try to make people reflect upon them. Therefore, I use coding both to understand and explain the software that we use
Andreja Andric (2019) I subscribe to the Pythagorean idea that numbers are behind everything. With this in mind, coding helps me connect to the hidden side of the world and is a form of contemplative action
Anna Brynskov With knowledge about coding you can change the world. Or at least you can have a stronger voice in discussions about how society should be built and designed. Knowledge is power
Magda Tyżlik-Carver code / language, code / translation, computation before code, worlding practices
Tilde Lageri Damborg (2019) Coding to me is not only a tool to reach a end goal, its an inspiring, strict, rigid and sometimes very annoying co-designer
Malthe Stavning Erslev (2019) I am interested in coding because it inspires me and enables me to think trough conceptual ideas, notions, concerns etc. I will often start out with a vague idea of a concept that I want to explore, and the practice of coding will ‘take’ me somewhere I did not anticipate. I like to remain open and curious as to what reveals itself as being interesting, troubling or surprising when coding. As such, coding is not only a constructive practice for me (where the goal is working software), but is as much a practice of knowledge development. I mostly explore concepts related to words, language and literature, and my practice often results in a rough sketch or proof-of-concept – hence I refer to my practice as ‘conceptual software design’
Rolf Holm Personally for me, coding is fun. Someone once called it, "the greatest puzzle", and I get why. It’s the most open-ended game there is, with no end goal beyond creativity and mastery. And beyond that I find it deeply intriguing, when the unexpected happens, be that breakdowns or the emergence of "features". It’s about exploration, and finding your own niche
Ann Karring (2019) To me coding is a way to express myself. Whether it is personal or global issues, coding helps me reflect on these issues. I also use it as a tool of communication, so I can share my views with others
Niels Konrad Coming from a visual and creative background and having drawn and sketched for as long as I can remember, I started coding rather late in life. When I started studying deisgn, I remember I saw coding and prototyping with code as a little spark, a little bit of magic that could breathe life into already appealing visual design. Not that static graphic design, print and posters are in anyway boring or will ever go out of fashion, but I thought why not make graphic design react to your presence and make it surprise? That’s why I started coding and why I still code today
Lasse Korsgaard The main reason I code and love coding is that I have the ability to create my own tools to use in my creative process
Alex Mørch Besides being a great compositorial tool for autonomous and interactive music, coding also bridges digital and physical space
Gabriel Pereira I think I’m interested in coding because I’m ultimately afraid of it. It is undeniable what it can do, how it can build worlds, break things, and change realities on a large scale. That potential is there, and I (as anyone), am accountable to it, and to building it into something that supports and advances human rights, and social/economic justice
Mark Staun Poulsen (2019) A year ago, I would have flinched at the mere sight of code. However now, having experienced the potential of computation and creative practices, I highly regard, and seek to understand, the use of code and computation in the art, storytelling and interactive design that I encounter every day. At the same time, code underwrites so many aspects of contemporary digital living – in multifaceted ways. This often makes me cautious and uneasy. It ultimately forces me to consider and reflect on my role as a programmer and the code I can contribute to the rest of the world. Code does matter, and as a student at Digital Design at Aarhus University I have a unique chance to explore meaning and consequences of computation in light of a creative and practical engagement with programming