C Mag

Current IssueAutumn 2023

Issue 155


This issue expands on codes as ethical, social, political, and legal boundaries—considering them as sets of visible and invisible instructions moving within and beyond the digital imaginary. Through features, interviews, and experimental texts, artists and writers probe how developments in AI and coding are products of existing mechanics of the world, and how else codes are constituted. From programming languages as poetry to paranormal readings with the land against settler ideas of an inanimate wilderness, contributors ask how the material consequences of an array of codes might be re-inscribed to understand or lay form to (alternate) conditions of life.

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Relationship-building has to be flexible without being extractive, and without replicating harmful power dynamics or carceral systems.
Shawn Tse, in A Garden in Chinatown on Indigenous Land