Ringing the Changes

Ringing the Changes

Counterpath Press, Using Electricity series
September 2019

"Stephanie Strickland's Ringing the Changes takes as its master metaphor the embodied practices of English bell ringing, in which seven different bells are rung in highly organized permutations that are mathematically precise. Programmed in Python, her coded work calculates various combinations based on the mathematical group theory that underlies the methods of bell ringing. Her "ringing" then creates hypertextual juxtapositions citing passages from works on mathematics, particle physics, computational theory, environmental awareness, and the science and art of bell ringing (among many other topics) to gesture toward the larger changes that the new millennium is bringing about. What gradually emerges is a rich medley of changes in the ways we think about what being human means, both in traditional and contemporary contexts. This work, combining the science of permutations with the art of brilliantly crafted selections, showcases the unique gifts that make Strickland's work both powerfully suggestive and wonderfully illuminating."

— N. Katherine Hayles, author of Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious

"This may seem like a conceptual book of code-generated variational literature, but it is also a book about fids; fids are ancient nautical tools for splicing threads, for weaving resilient patterns, for coding matter, for inhabiting information, for slowing down again and again shards and fragments of the infinite embodied. Contemplate this book as you would a rope woven from data, from minds, from math, from love."

— David Jhave Johnston