This is a simple website that archives selected projects by Geoff Cox. A current biography can be found here. Full CV can be found here. ORCID: 0000-0002-8543-3758 email: geoff AT anti-thesis DOT net / geoffcox AT lsbu.ac.uk Links:http://anti-thesis.net/http://www.aprja.nethttp://contemporaneity.au.dk/book-series/http://data-browser.net/https://speaking-code.lurk.org/https://aesthetic-programming.net/ (anti-)Social media:@ThesisAnti (twitter)post.lurk.org/@xocffoeg (mastodon)

Ways of Machine Seeing – AI & Society special issue

Special issue of AI & Society, edited by Mitra Azar, Geoff Cox, and Leonardo Impett. Alongside our introduction, it includes contributions from María Jesús Schultz Abarca, Peter Bell, Tobias Blanke, Benjamin Bratton, Claudio Celis Bueno, Kate Crawford, Iain Emsley, Abelardo Gil-Fournier, Daniel Chávez Heras, Vladan Joler, Nicolas Malevé, Lev Manovich, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Perle Møhl, Bruno […]

Aesthetic Programming

Aesthetic Programming Winnie Soon & Geoff Cox Published by Open Humanities Press 2020 CC-BY-SA ISBN: 978-1-78542-094-8 (Print) ISBN: 978-1-78542-093-1 (PDF) http://aesthetic-programming.net/ https://gitlab.com/aesthetic-programming/book http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/aesthetic-programming/ Aesthetic Programming is a book/resource that explores the technical as well as cultural imaginaries of programming from its insides. It follows the principle that the growing importance of software requires a new kind of […]

DATA browser

The DATA browser series presents critical texts that explore issues at the intersection of art, technology and politics. Publications: DB01 ECONOMISING CULTURE / DB02 ENGINEERING CULTURE / DB03 CURATING IMMATERIALITY / DB04 CREATING INSECURITY / DB05 DISRUPTING BUSINESS / DB06 EXECUTING PRACTICES / DB07 FABRICATING PUBLICS / AND … see www.data-browser.net Now published by Open […]

Ways of Machine Seeing

Commissioned essay by The Photographers Gallery for their Unthinking photography series. https://unthinking.photography/themes/machine-vision/ways-of-machine-seeing Part of a collaborative initiative with Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, and CoDE (Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute) and Cambridge Big Data. http://www.digitalhumanities.cam.ac.uk/Methods/woms2017/woms2017CFP Also published in Machine Research, released at Transmediale festival for art and digital culture, Feb 2017, published by APRJA.

The Contemporary Condition Books

The Contemporary Condition book series offers a sustained inquiry into the contemporary condition from a range of perspectives by key commentators who investigate contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present. Contemporaneity refers to the temporal complexity that follows from the coming together in the same cultural space of heterogeneous clusters generated along different […]

Critique of Software Violence

Taking Benjamin’s 1921 essay “A Critique of Violence” as starting point, the essay/paper analyses the notion of violence as an idea inherent to language and software, and questions its uses and ethical consequences. A version was published in Spanish “Crítica de la violencia software”, in Concreta 05, June 2015 (http://editorialconcreta.org/-CONCRETA-05-102-) and an updated version in […]

The Contemporary Condition Research Project

The Contemporary Condition is a research project at Aarhus University made possible by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. The project is led by Associate Professor Jacob Lund and Associate Professor Geoff Cox and runs for three years from September 2015 to August 2018. The purpose of this project is to investigate […]

Real-time for Pirate Cinema

PRINT ON DEMAND As a portrait of the network in real-time, Pirate Cinema somewhat reflects the temporal complexity of the world now in the coming together of different co-existing ways of being in time. The text argues that Pirate Cinema allows us to better understand the dynamics of networked technologies and some […]

World in Motion

Museum of Ordure proposes a programme of films entitled WORLD IN MOTION: Films from the Collection of the Museum of Ordure (2014), their contribution to the exhibition Systemics #4 – Aarhus Rapport 1969-2017: Avantgarde as Network (or, the Politics of the Ultralocal). All films are held in our distributed collection across peer-to-peer networks (the commons), […]

01.01.CM: Collection of Museum of Ordure

01.01.CM collection of the Museum of Ordure Museum of Ordure Antipyrine, 2014 272pp. supported by the Danish Arts Council © Copyfarleft / kopimi 2014 ISBN 978-87-93108-07-3 http://www.antipyrine.dk/product/0101cm-collection-of-the-museum-of-ordure The work derives from an earlier work published as Cover Versions: The Communist Manifesto in Cabinet magazine, issue 4, Fall 2001. Previously derived from an earlier book project […]

Arnolfini online

Between 2007 and 2013, online (and some offline) projects for Arnolfini (Centre for Contemporary Art) in Bristol, UK. These projects are archived at http://www.arnolfini.org.uk:7081/project.arnolfini Project/artists include: The Likes of Brother Cream Cat, Helen Pritchard & Winnie Soon (2013); slub world, slub (2013) with Kunsthal Aarhus; Miscommunication Station, Telekommunisten (2012-13) with Abandom Normal Devices Festival; The […]

Museum of Ordure

The Museum of Ordure is a self-institution that explores the cultural value of ordure through its projects and ongoing public collections. It takes a special interest in the management of human waste and its impact on the concept of the public sphere and civil society. Its early policies on preservation included running a server-based script […]

Speaking Code

Speaking Code: Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression Text Geoff Cox / Code Alex McLean / Foreword Franco “Bifo” Berardi. Published by MIT Press, Autumn 2012. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/speaking-code “Speaking Code beautifully folds speech and language, politics, art, and labor into an inspiring analysis. In addition to their clarity in style, Geoff Cox and Alex McLean are […]


#!/usr/bin/python # A script for greeting every server on the Internet. import iptools, httplib for ip in iptools.IpRangeList(‘’): try: print “Greeting ” + ip cx = httplib.HTTPConnection(“%s:80” % ip) cx.request(“POST”, ‘/’, “message=Hello+world!”) except: pass # From Speaking Code: Coding as Aesthetic and Political Expression # code by Alex McLean. # Video of Franco Bifo Berardi […]


David Link – Machine Heart Introduction by Geoff Cox Series: dOCUMENTA (13): 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken German, English

Concept Store

Concept Store is a journal published by Arnolfini, focusing on critical issues of contemporary art and their relationship to wider cultural, social and political contexts. While Concept Store reflects upon ideas explored within Arnolfini’s artistic programme as well as future research projects, it is intended to be a critical platform in its own right, operating […]


// transitional codework $yahooKey = ‘unlock yahoo’; $me_description = array(); $me_picture = array(); $me_query = “Geoff%20Cox”; $me_request = ‘http://search.yahooapis.com/WebSearchService/V1/webSearch?appid=’.$yahooKey.’&query=’.$me_query.’&results=20′; // rather than a narcissistic attitude towards objects // as projections of self: me // the object is recognised as separate and distinct // from self: not-me $not_me = file_get_contents($me_request); // such as: “Geoffrey lives in […]


Antithesis: the dialectics of software art Geoff Cox Published by Digital Aesthetics Research Center, Aarhus University, 2010 First written in 2006, Doctoral thesis, University of Plymouth, UK Printed by Print-on-Demand-Worldwide ISBN 87-91810-15-9 FREE PDF DOWNLOAD Preface: It is one of the assertions of the book that software art praxis can offer new critical forms of […]


12 Dec 2008 – 14 Feb 2009, Arnolfini, Bristol. Artists/collectives: Kayle Brandon + Heath Bunting, Rhiannon Chaloner + Manuel Vason, glorious ninth, GOTO10, Rui Guerra, Household, Christine + Irene Hohenbüchler, JODI, Mandy McIntosh, Gloria Ojulari Sule, Trevor Pitt + Kate Pemberton, Janek Simon, Stephanie Syjuco, Clare Thornton and projects produced with local residents. Craftivism is […]

Supertoys: A Users Manual

Book published in connection with Supertoys exhitions at Arnolfini, produced by Kahve-Society with Raglan Primary School, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Kahve-Society/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AKahve+Society

Supertoys exhibition

21 Nov 2008 – 17 Jan 2009, Arnolfini, Bristol. Artists: Codemanipulator, Chris Cunningham, Michael Anastassiades and Dunne & Raby, Natalie Jeremijenko, Kahve Society, Alex McLean, Philippe Parreno, Unmask Group. Exhibition design in collaboration with nOffice Supertoys makes reference to Brian Aldiss’s short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long. As in the story, in which an […]

Hello world!

hallo welt! (hello world!) is a collaboration between Geoff Cox and Duncan Shingleton. It was shown as a projection at BV Gallery, Linz (July 2008). It was also shown as hello world! as part of AFTER THE NET, at Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth (Sept-Nov 2009) and at Tecnologico Monterey, Toluca, Mexico (March 2010). A “Hello […]

antisocial notworking

antisocial notworking is an online project for Arnolfini. It presents a critique of the social media canon through submitted and featured projects that negate the various monopolies of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. It features projects by Cory Arcangel, Wayne Clements, IOCOSE, JODI, Linda Hilfling, Les Liens Invisibles, sumoto.iki, Alessandro Ludovico, Paolo Cirio, and UBERMORGEN.COM. […]

Social Hacking

Public Art Commissions for Plymouth Curated by Birgitte Aga, Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa, Anya Lewin 21-24 March 2006 Commissioned works from The Institute for Applied Autonomy (USA), Mikro Orchestra Project (Poland), Ludic Society (Austria/Switzerland), c6 (UK), with contributions from Tetine (Brazil), The Pirate University (UK), Saul Albert (UK) and McKenzie Wark (AUS/USA). http://neural.it/2007/03/social-hacking-temporary-hacks-in-plymouth/


Supertoys is a project developed by Kahve-Society in collaboration with Headley Park Primary School, as part of a larger project to design a toy by children for children. The project was initiated in January 2006, with the support of Arnolfini and Creative Partnerships. The general principle of the project is that children are disenfranchised: they […]


Artists: Mark Bowden, Stuart Brisley, Tim Head, Jeff Instone, Angus Fairhurst, Alec Finlay, Sol Lewitt, limbomedia, Alex McLean, Netochka Nezvanova, Yoko Ono, Organogenesis Inc., Jon Pettigrew/Maxus films, Colin Sackett, Cornelia Sollfrank, Joanna Walsh, Adrian Ward, STAR & monkeys from Paignton Zoo. Curated by Geoff Cox and Tom Trevor, with support from the Arts Council of […]

Notes towards the complete works of Shakepeare

Text produced by Sulawesi Crested Macaques from Paignton Zoo. The book derived from this was shown in 2012 as part of The Worldly House an archive compiled by Tue Greenfort for dOCUMENTA (13) in recognition of the work and ideas of Donna Haraway. The initial project received extensive international press coverage in newspapers and TV.

This Paper is Intentionally Blank

Artists book, published by Camerawork, produced by Book Works. Exhibited as part of Nothing, Touring show (curated by Ele Carpenter & Graham Gussin), Rooseum, Malmo Center for Contemporary Art, Sweden; Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Nov 2001 – March 2002 This paper is intentionally blank, artist bookwork (co-authored with Sophie Weeks and Victoria de Rijke), […]

Cover Versions

Cover Versions: The Communist Manifesto in Cabinet magazine, issue 4, Fall 2001. All derived from an earlier book project MANIFEST by Tim Brennan and Geoff Cox / with Adrian Ward. A reprint of the first edition of the ‘Communist Manifesto’ (German) first printed in 1848 juxtaposed with screen shots of a custom-built web browser version […]


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Donald Rodney: autoicon is a dynamic internet work and CD-ROM that simulates both the physical presence and elements of the creative personality of the artist Donald Rodney who died from sickle-cell anaemia. The project builds on Donald Rodney’s artistic practice in his later years, when he increasingly began to delegate key roles in the organisation […]


Kahve-Society is a registered educational charity based in London, UK (number 1090541).

The Work of Art

The Work of Art… CD-ROM (with Chris Rodrigues and Phaedra Stancer et al, 1998), with Camerawork, exhibited as part of Contact Zones: the Art of CD-Rom in the section Ocular Work in the Digital Age, Cornell University, USA, 1999, on tour, including Hobart & William Colleges, New York, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City & […]


Manifest by Tim Brennan and Geoff Cox / with Adrian Ward. A reprint of the first edition of The Communist Manifesto (in German) first printed in 1848 juxtaposed with screen shots of a custom-built web browser version (in English). The book is a response to the paradoxes of theory and action, simply to represent what […]


— Crowd Code — text by Geoff Cox / code by Mark Winstanley (1999) — image: The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common, April 10, 1848, photograph taken by William Kilburn. — Movie Script global gBlobList on preparemovie if listP(gBlobList) then set gBlobList = 0 if (the soundlevel <>5) then set the soundlevel = 5 […]

Recycling the National Curriculum

See https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=10094 A limited edition book was produced from the paper.


it (video work), One Minute World Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil. IT from geoff cox on Vimeo.

Toys: are they playing with you?

Exhibition, first produced for Cockpit gallery, London. http://www.supertoy.org/toys/ Developed with Salusbury Infants school, the exhibition was produced by Geoff Cox (photographer), two teachers from the school, Victoria de Rijke and Alison Wood, and the following children (aged 5-7 years): Alice, Berian, Bilal, Chlorise, Colin, Daniel, Danielle, Edward, Hey Sin, James, Joshua, Kausari, Kimberley, Manisha, Noah, […]