PhD Workshop "Live Writing" with Geoff Cox

The workshop focuses on the performative qualities of PhD writing using PiratePad, an open source collaborative editor.

In Uncreative Writing by Kenneth Goldsmith, the material qualities of writing becomes clear in his desire to not produce ever more new texts but instead to manage, organise and distribute them in divergent ways. He asserts that writers today begin to resemble programmers, working with ‘writing machines’, generating and executing texts, and as such assembling fragments, weaving together ideas in ways where originality no longer holds significant relevance. We speculate on the implications of this for PhD writing?


Geoff Cox is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Culture, and Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University (DK), currently engaged on a 3 year research project The Contemporary Condition funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (with Jacob Lund). He is also Adjunct faculty Transart Institute (DE/US), an occasional artist/curator, and part of the self-institution Museum of Ordure. He is an editor for the DATA Browser book series (published by Autonomedia), and co-edited Economising Culture (2004), Engineering Culture (2005), Creating Insecurity (2009) and Disrupting Business (2013). He co-runs a yearly workshop/conference in collaboration with transmediale and is co-editor of the associated open access online journal APRJA (with Christian Ulrik Andersen). With Alex McLean, he wrote Speaking Code: coding as aesthetic and political expression (MIT Press 2013), and amongst other things is currently working on a multi-authored book project about live coding.


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