Aesthetic Programming – Forking workshop

Join Tzu-Tung Lee (artist in residence at Delfina Foundation) and their collaborators Winnie Soon and Geoff Cox for a workshop exploring the translation of code and software programs, at Delfina Foundation, Wednesday 13 September, 15-18.00. The workshop is free but booking is required. More details on the workshop can be found at

Through a series of workshops conducted with Tzu-Tung Lee in cities worldwide, authors Winnie Soon and Geoff Cox are endeavouring to collaboratively translate their open-access book Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies (2020) from English into Chinese. Through this process they seek to engage with the politics of translation within the global Sinophone context.

Taking inspiration from the process in software development known as “forking”, this intimate workshop seeks to fork Aesthetic Programming through discussion, translation, editing, and other creative means, incorporating situated knowledge and examples into the process.

The first “forking” workshop of the book was held in Taiwan in August 2023 and focused on “problematic terms” in Chinese technology vocabulary translation. For example, should “coding” be translated as “編碼” (encoding), “編程” (programming), or simply “寫程式” (writing programs)? This second workshop, taking place at Delfina Foundation in London, will work through other glossaries, references, and examples in a global Sinophone context.

This workshop is hosted by Delfina Foundation, and it is supported by Delfina Foundation, Creative Computing Institute, UAL, and Digital Art Center, Taipei. Organised by Tzu Tung Lee, Winnie-Soon, and Geoff Cox.