Creative Coding as a School of Thought

Published by on Wednesday June 22, 2022

Last modified on December 28th, 2022 at 17:01

Me defending my master thesis

When I started my master’s program in 2019, I had one question in mind that would become the linchpin for me in the following years: What is Creative Coding? And taken a step further: What can Creative Coding be? I wanted to find out which cultural and philosophical aspects are hidden in the intersection of art and programming and how I, as a teacher, can make it easier for my students to access this fascinating world. In doing so, I ventured far into realms I knew very little about, such as educational policy, philosophy, art history, and pedagogy. The result of this thought process is not a finished, closed system, but rather a collage of different perspectives, ideas, quotes and derivations. I had to realize that I could not comprehensively understand my complex subject. In this I surprisingly discovered the great chance to look at it from completely new angles.

By freeing myself from the demand to work in a purely scientific way and by integrating narratives and personal experiences, I was able to connect topics that actually have nothing to do with each other. Thus, the result of this work is not only five essays, each looking at the topic from a particular perspective, but rather my individual way of writing about the subject. With these writings, I hope to spark new discussions about Creative Coding and make a broader perspective on the topic accessible to more people.

What is Creative Coding?

Creative Coding as an Experience

Creative Coding as a Method

Creative Coding as a Chance

The German version is accessible here


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