10 Print Chr (205.5+Rnd(1)); : Goto 10

January 16th, 2013 by Adrian


A couple of months ago The MIT Press released 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, written by Casey Reas and friends.

Here is a brief overview taken from the MIT Press website …

This book takes a single line of code–the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title–and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text–in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources–that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.

You can see the result of this one line of code on YouTube here.

Casey Reas discussed it in a bit more detail during his presentation at the Eyeo Festival 2012. Check out the 30 minute mark in this Vimeo recording.

You can buy the book from Amazon.co.uk or download a free PDF version which is released under a Creative Commons licence.


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