First Friday Newcomer: A Programmer Combines Code and Poetry
Believe it or not, computer code and poetry have been linked from the beginning. Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, was the daughter of Lord Byron. But programming and prose haven’t mixed much in the last two centuries. Local coder Joel Dart is doing his part to make them a couplet once more.
Joel’s wife, visual artist Kathryn Dart, took some of his code poems and turned them into visual art for a show titled poetry.js: code as art that will open at The Harrison Center this Friday. “I immediately thought of using cubes,” Kathryn says of the main motif, “because code is like building blocks.” And just as it takes a lot of code to make a program, this show has a lot of blocks. Kathryn used over 190 pounds of beeswax to create more than 4,000 cubes for five framed works and one massive installation piece covering the floor.