Aesthetic Computer: Begin Fully ▣
Now minting: a software play by Georgica Pettus and Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Created by Jeffrey Alan Scudder & Georgica Pettus, textfence is the first software play written in Aesthetic Computer, an artist-designed social platform and programming language.
Textfence is also the first piece of software art commissioned by Gemma. Its script consists of one dynamic line, divided by a vertical “fence.” The play’s dialogue emerges as each character recites a line from their respective side, only switching roles when both lines shift. The artwork brings the essential elements of playwriting into focus within a simple diagram.
“We think of textfence as a play that loops and has different iterations…Sometimes the play will feel very dark, sometimes it feels funny, but it always tends to feel like a dialogue about a life cycle.”
— Georgica Pettus
About Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Jeffrey Alan Scudder is a contemporary artist and educator who invents and builds tools to enable future artists. He is co-founder of the performance group Whistlegraph, which popularized the “whistlegraph,” art form—creating audio-visual digital artworks performed manually by drawing and singing.
Scudder is also the founder of aesthetic computer, a radically convenient computing environment and social network that transforms users into programmers through educationally playful design and artist-friendly tools.
About Georgica Pettus
Georgica Pettus makes time-based media and lives in New York. Her work focuses on mediations between people and systems with a particular interest in performance, language, and computation. Pettus received an MFA from Oxford University in 2022.
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