"I cannot help but to think of Netwurker Mez, whose primary coding language, Mezangelle, is used to create code-poetry that typically does not compile. The plethora of literary techniques invoked in Mezangelle make her work particularly accessible to people whose backgrounds tend to be less on the programming side of CCS. I like to think of her coding practices as closely related to obfuscation, though more in the literary sense than functional sense, if you subscribe to that dichotomy.

For non-coders who are intimidated by the second C in CCS, or anyone unfamiliar with Mez's work, I suggest testing the waters with some examples of interpretive readings that have been performed on Mez's code-poetry. Rita Raley has performed a very insightful reading on Mez's work. Another interesting reading of Mezangelle...can be found here."

-Max Feinstein, HASTACH Code Critiques CCS Forum


"...this usage can be subverted in a way that renders digital text - code - as 'pure' representation. The Australian artist Mary-Anne Breeze ('Mez') does this precisely in her codework poems, an example of which...[is]... [ad]Dressed in Skin C.ode ...[this] work uses the complexities and inaccessibility of computer code to point out the ambiguities and sheer chance of much representation. It uses the representational devices of a computer to generate a work of art, an instance of representation that is as much about feeling as communicating, and that critically engages with the very act of making representation."

-In _Understanding Representation_ by Jen Webb.


"In addition to the infiltration of the abbreviated language of email and text messaging into mainstream print media, it is now also commonplace to encounter programming keywords, symbols, operators, indentation, and pagination entwined with natural, non-technical, mother tongue expressions. Codework is the term associated with the literary and rhetorical practice of mixing human and computer languages (Hayles; Raley; Cramer). Types of codework span from intentionally arranged constructions intended for human consumption that do not execute on any real computer system, to valid expressions in bona fide programming languages that are meaningful to both human and machine readers. Examples of the former include the work of Mez (Mary-Anne Breeze)..."

John Bork, University of Central Florida, "From Codework to Working Code: A Programmer's Approach to Digital Literacy".