Gauthier, David; Samson, Audrey; Snodgrass, Eric; Soon, Winnie and Tyżlik-Carver, Magda. 2021. Executing. In: Nanna Bonde Thylstrup; Daniela Agostinho; Annie Ring; Catherine D'Ignazio and Kristin Veel, eds. Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 209-216. ISBN 9780262539883 [Book Section]

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It is commonly understood that execution designates the process by which a computing machine follows the step-by-step instructions of a program. Yet execution does not happen in a vacuum and is neither deterministic by nature. In this entry we argue that while there might be codes instructing a machine how to execute, the processual unfolding and worldly embeddings in which executing instructions are resolved is nothing but uncertain. In present-day computational cultures and infrastructures, complex relations are effected and effaced within conflations of languages, symbols and meanings with technical, cultural and political desires and decisions. A situation that can be thought of as a continual resolution, composing and rendering of various generative, undecidable, invisible, affective, intersecting and executing uncertainties.

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