Nick Montfort

Cambridge , MA
United States
Massachusetts 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.

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Critical writing by this author:

Title Publication Type Publisher Year
Shuffle Literature and the Hand of Fate 2012
Taroko Gorge Remixed: Repetition and Difference in Machine Texts Forum 2012
The ELO and Two E-Lit Exhibits Conference paper or presentation 2012
The Trivial Program "yes" Report or White Paper Trope Tank 2012
XS, S, M, L Creative Text Generators of Different Scales Report or White Paper 2012
XS, S, M, L: Creative Text Generators of Different Scales Report or White Paper Trope Tank 2012
Collaborations in E-lit Article in a print journal, Article in an online journal American Book Review 2011
Curveship: An Interactive Fiction System for Narrative Variation Article or chapter in a book University of Nebraska Press 2011
Line of Inquiry: Many Authors Explore Creative Computing Through a Short Program Invited lecture 2011
Who Grabbed My Gorge Weblog 2011
Beyond Literary? Forum 2010
Creating: Adventure in Style and The Marble Index in Curveship Conference paper or presentation 2010
Lessons Learned from Designing Children’s Interactive Narratives Conference paper or presentation 2010
Process-Intensive Fiction Conference panel or roundtable 2010
The International Interactive Fiction Community Conference paper or presentation 2010
Curveship: An Interactive Fiction System for Interactive Narrating Conference paper or presentation Computational Linguistics 2009
Platform Studies: Frequently Questioned Answers Conference paper or presentation 2009
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System Book (monograph) The MIT Press 2009
The ppg256 Series of Minimal Poetry Generators Conference paper or presentation e-Scholarship: University of California 2009
Provocation by Program: Imagining a Next-Revolution Eliza Conference paper or presentation 2008

Curator of:

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


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