Hello World!

Geoff Cox, in collaboration with Duncan Shingleton, exhibited as part of After the Net.


A “Hello World” program is usually the first computer program that people use when learning a programming language. It simply prints “Hello World!” on a display device and is typically one of the simplest programs possible in any computer language. In this context, the work combines both human and machine languages in real-time into a multilingual machinic confusion of tongues. The live-performative aspect is what makes it like speech in that it both says something and does something at the same time. Indeed, this is political in as much as it relates to the act of free speaking.

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First shown as a projection entitled “Hallo Welt” at BV Gallery, Linz, July 2008.