code [poems]: binary poetry for new scribes

By Pablo Medel. April 17, 2012


Right now, you are probably sitting down in front of a computer, tablet or latest smartphone and the only movement you have made to open this page is that of your index finger. You are reading this page and your interest, probably, will not be on how it was designed. But, as you will surely know, computers have their own language… and somebody must program it. Computing needs to make use of logic and, above all, mathematics: it is necessary to write an algorithm, include how it should be interpreted and design a program that executes the required order.


Think about it. If you listen to a song you are probably not visualizing the notes on a score on a score. Your hearing is enough. Remember that little child with his mouth open watching the magician pulling a pigeon out of his hat. If he believes in magic (as it should be), he will not question the trick. Is it the same with poetry? It should. In spite of the endless days at school, destroying the verses syllable by syllable to scan the poem of the moment and solve its metric pattern, we soon realised that its greatness lied in the metaphors and not in how it had been constructed.


Today, now that everything digital captivates and amazes us, it is natural (and necessary) that computing programmers have their own space in the art world. It is certain that they master the new language of the 21st century. But how? Ishac Bertran is convinced: why not composing a collection of poems written only and exclusively in their language? That is how code [poems], an interesting anthological project, open to whoever wants (and knows), came to life.


Programming has its own rules, functions, semantics and even styles. It goes beyond the popular concept of binary code that the rest of us handle. If you have ever heard a conversation between two programmers, you’ll understand; they communicate in a strange language, almost cryptic. It’s clear: they are the new scribes of this infinite 2.0 hieroglyph that shapes, whether we want it or not, our life.


Fortunately, all this amalgam of numbers and symbols is well wrapped up and translated so that we can understand each other. But, what if in the future this was to be the new language and we don’t need to translate these codes anymore? Maybe this collection of poems is the first one of many. Who knows.


If you want to start getting ready, you know what to do: open the “See source code” tab in your browser and aim to resolve all the formulas that have made it possible for you to read this page. If you are able, what are you waiting for: send your poem (compiled and with 0,5 kb maximum size) using this page.

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