Esolangs as Experiential Art


Session Title:

  • Interactive Text

Presentation Title:

  • Esolangs as Experiential Art



  •  (Short paper)

    Keywords: Esolangs, Esoteric Programming Languages, Language, Concept Art, Fluxus, Ouipo, Code Art

    Esolangs (for “esoteric programming languages”) are a class of languages made by programmers at play, not intended for practical use. Ben Olmstead (creator of the Malbolge language) describes them as “pushing the boundaries of programming, but not in useful directions.” This paper looks at how these strange languages function as experiential art pieces, with similarities to Oulipean systems and Fluxus event scores.

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