The latest issue of “Computational Culture”

Friday 23rd July, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

Computational Culture (ISSN 2047-2390) is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal of inter-disciplinary enquiry into the nature of the culture of computational objects, practices, processes and structures.

The journal’s primary aim is to examine the ways in which software undergirds and formulates contemporary life. Computational processes and systems not only enable contemporary forms of work and play and the management of emotional life but also drive the unfolding of new events that constitute political, social and ontological domains. In order to understand digital objects such as corporate software, search engines, medical databases or to enquire into the use of mobile phones, social networks, dating, games, financial systems or political crises, a detailed analysis of software cannot be avoided.

A developing form of literacy is required that matches an understanding of computational processes with those traditionally bound within the arts, humanities, and social sciences but also in more informal or practical modes of knowledge such as hacking and art.

The journal welcomes contributions that address such topics and many others that may derive and mix methodologies from cultural studies, science and technology studies, philosophy of computing, metamathematics, computer science, critical theory, media art, human-computer interaction, media theory, design, philosophy.

Computational Culture publishes peer-reviewed articles, special projects, interviews, and reviews of books, projects, events and software. The journal is also involved in developing a series of events and projects to generate special issues.

We are happy to announce issue eight of Computational Culture, with the following articles and reviews now online:

Issue Eight Editorial

Christian Ulrik Andersen and Søren Bro Pold, The User as a Character, Narratives of Datafied Platforms
Andrew Lison, New Media, 1989: Cubase and the New Temporal Order
Luke Munn, Imperfect Orchestration, Inside the Data Center’s Struggle for Efficiency
David Rambo, Building, Coding, Typing: Defining Technological Individuation through Custom Mechanical Keyboard Culture
Matt Spencer, Creative Malfunction: Finding Fault with Rowhammer

Mark Marino, Indigenous Code: Interview with Jon Corbett

Brian Alleyne, Black Software Matters, Review of Charlton McIlwain, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
Federica Frabetti, Review of Annette Vee, Coding Literacy
Jared Gampel, Thinking Culture in the Age of Global Finance, review of Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, Patrick Vonderau, Spotify Teardown
Monika Szűcsová, Rethinking Execution, review of Helen Pritchard, Erik Snodgrass and Magda Tyżlik-Carver (eds.).

Executing practices

Zhenia Vasiliev, Learning from Russia’s hi-tech Soviet heritage, review of Mario Biagioli and Vincent Antonin Lépinay, eds. From Russia with Code: Programming Migrations in Post-Soviet Times
Graham White, Towards an Archaeology of Machine Learning? Review of Adrian Mackenzie, Machine Learners
David Young, Theorising While Practicing, review of Winnie Soon and Geoff Cox, Aesthetic Programming, a handbook of software studies