Nick Montfort

New York , NY
United States
New York US
United States
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Nick Montfort in front of a Commodore 64 running one of his programs.
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Nick Montfort's computer-generated books of poetry include #!, the collaboration 2×6, Autopia, and The Truelist, the first in the new Using Electricity series from Counterpath. Among his more than fifty digital projects are the collaborations The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul), Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland), the translation project Renderings, and the group blog Grand Text Auto, along with his several works of interactive fiction and digital poetry. His collaborations also include the sticker novel Implementation (with Scott Rettberg) and 2002: A Palindrome Story (with William Gillespie). With Ian Bogost, he helped to develop the platform studies approach and edits the corresponding series from MIT Press. He is also editor of the Using Electricity series of computer-generated books from Counterpath. He develops digital artwork for gallery settings and performs livecoding to produce visualizations for musicians. His MIT Press books, collaborative and individual, are The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, and Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, and The Future. He is professor of digital media at MIT and lives in New York and Boston.

Critical writing by this author:

Titlesort ascending Publication Type Publisher Year
XS, S, M, L: Creative Text Generators of Different Scales Report or White Paper Trope Tank 2012
XS, S, M, L Creative Text Generators of Different Scales Report or White Paper 2012
Who Grabbed My Gorge Weblog 2011
Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction Book (monograph) The MIT Press 2005
The Trope Tank. The Idea of a lab in Humanities. Nick Montfort in Conversation with Piotr Marecki Interview Jagiellonian University Press 2015
The Trivial Program "yes" Report or White Paper Trope Tank 2012
The ppg256 Series of Minimal Poetry Generators Conference paper or presentation e-Scholarship: University of California 2009
The International Interactive Fiction Community Conference paper or presentation 2010
The ELO and Two E-Lit Exhibits Conference paper or presentation 2012
The Coding and Execution of the Author Article in a print journal, Article on the author's website Cybertext Yearbook 2003
Taroko Gorge Remixed: Repetition and Difference in Machine Texts Forum 2012
Spars of Language Lost at Sea Conference paper or presentation
Shuffle Literature and the Hand of Fate
Shuffle Literature and the Hand of Fate 2012
Riddle Machines: the History and Nature of Interactive Fiction Article or chapter in a book
Renderings: Translating literary works in the digital age Article in a print journal Oxford University Press (UK) 2017
Renderings: An E-Lit Translation Project Conference panel or roundtable 2015
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System Book (monograph) The MIT Press 2009
Provocation by Program: Imagining a Next-Revolution Eliza Conference paper or presentation 2008
Programming for Fun, Together Article or chapter in a book, Conference paper or presentation 2012

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Events arranged:

Eventsort ascending City Date Event type Link to edit content
Taper #1 Cambridge 22.05.2018 Exhibition
MACHINE reading series Philadelphia 14.02.2004 Event Series
Autostart: A Festival of Digital Literature Philadelphia 26.10.2006 Festival
Autostart: A Festival of Digital Literature Philadelphia 26.10.2006 Reading
Author Function Cambridge 25.01.2018 Exhibition
A Night at the Cybertexts Providence 27.04.2001 Reading

Curator of:

Titlesort ascending City Country Date
Taper #1 Cambridge United States May 22, 2018
Grand Text Auto Exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum Champaign United States April 14, 2009 to July 26, 2009
Grand Text Auto Exhibition at the Beall Center for Art and Technology Irvine United States October 9, 2007 to December 15, 2007
Author Function Cambridge United States January 25, 2018 to March 21, 2018


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