Performing Abstract Concepts


I was in Vienna about a week ago at the SIMULTECH 2014 Conference, and gave one of three keynote talks. I spoke about why computing is everywhere, and that when we teach it, or think about it, we need to re-emphasize analog, in addition to digital, computing methods. It is the analog that enables us to link to the real world. In a prior post, I covered how to portray one computing concept (queuing) within a media-rich environment. I used this example in Vienna. The result was a sort of performance of the abstract queuing object since musical instruments were being queued. This makes me wonder about whether we should perform other mathematical or computing constructs? The idea is the reverse, the complementary case, where artists use computing as a means to create music and art. In this instance, it is the abstract concept of queuing which is placed in the foreground--that which is to be experienced and appreciated. We can present lots of material in this way. Bubblesort performed by Hungarian folk dancers is a great example.