Nick Montfort

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  • Electronic Literature and MIT, _Director

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  • ISEA2015

    Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. He is on the faculty at MIT, USA, and is the principal of the naming firm, Nomnym. Montfort wrote the books of poems #! and Riddle & Bind, co-wrote 2002: A Palindrome Story, and developed more than 40 digital projects including the collaborations, The Deletionist and Sea and Spar Between. The MIT Press has published four of his collaborative and individual books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, with Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities coming soon.

    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, Sea and Spar Between, and Renderings. His digital artwork was shown this summer at Babycastles in New York and in Boston City Hall. He has six books out from the MIT Press, most recently The Future (in the Essential Knowledge series). He is professor of digital media at MIT, Boston, USA and lives in New York and Boston. He is lead organizer of the demoparty/festival Synchrony (NYC/Montréal) and does live Commodore 64 BASIC visualizations for musicians.


    • Nick Montfort, a new media author, critic, and theorist, is now studying for a Ph.D. in computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003) and co-editor, with Noah Wardrip-Fruin, of The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003). He has written and programmed interactive fiction, including Ad Verbum (2000) and Winchester’s Nightmare (1999). His collaborations with William Gillespie include The Ed Report and 2002: A Palindrome Story (Spineless Books, 2002), acknowledged by the Oulipo as the world’s longest literary palindrome. Currently, he is writing the novel Implementation with Scott Rettberg. Montfort is a director of the Electronic Literature

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  • United States of America

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