Katherine Ye

about, work, speaking, press, residencies, stay in touch


My work examines the design of existing forms of representation—including programming languages, visualizations, notations, and interfaces—applied to the invention of new forms of representation for thinking and creating.

I'm a PhD candidate in 💻✨ at Carnegie Mellon University, and have been affiliated with Princeton University, Distill (at Google Brain), MIT CSAIL, and the Recurse Center.

I write a letter on speculative nonfiction. You can also follow me on Twitter.

You can find my papers and academic talks on my research page.


Hyperbible (Ecclesiastes) | code
a novel for National Novel Generation Month

PROCESS II: a zine on creative processes featuring many wonderful contributors (mirror)
co-edited with Angela Zhou and Raymond Zhong

PROCESS I: a zine with Angela Zhou and Raymond Zhong

The antidisciplinarathon
an experimental event co-organized with folks at Topos

Twenty tiny cities
variations on cities (after Calvino)

Notes on notation and thought
a syllabus of powerful notations

Punctuation remarks
appearing in the zine Method and Apparatus


Panelist on Arts and AI
MIT Hacking Arts conference; Nov. 2017

PROCESS: finding desire paths in creative interfaces
Y Conf 2017, hosted by Y Combinator Research
An experimental talk exploring pieces from the zine PROCESS II and ways they suggest improving interfaces to support creative processes.


"A few great things Recursers did in 2017," The Recurse Center, Jan. 2018.
"This code is remixing translations of the Bible to find new meanings," VICE Motherboard, Dec. 2017.
"Notes on notation and thought," front page of orange website, July 2016.
"Directions might not terminate," BLDGBLOG, Jan. 2016.


SCORES: Propositions for Notating Performance
The School for Making Thinking; Middlesex, NY; May 2018

stay in touch

I'm always interested in talking with artists, writers, improvisers, and antidisciplinary researchers. Feel free to send me an email.

Or I could send you an email first.