The Digital Environments Cluster presents a talk by Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT: "The One-Liner and Computational Art." Please join us afterwards in the Media Gateway at 3pm for a reception in honor of Nick.
The One-Liner and Computational Art
Very short computer programs have an interesting cultural history; they also reveal many fascinating things about the intersection of computing and the arts (including the literary, visual, and sonic arts). This talk will outline the origin and allure of one-line and very short programs to generate aesthetically pleasing output. Short programs that work in various media will be discussed, with an emphasis on the speaker’s own creative practice of coding short programs (Concrete Perl, the ppg256 series) and a Commodore 64 BASIC program which has recently been subject to intense collaborative study.
Nick Montfort is associate professor of digital media at MIT and president of the Electronic Literature Organization. He develops text generators and interactive fiction and has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations. Montfort co-edited The New Media Reader and The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 and wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (with Ian Bogost), and Riddle & Bind. His next book, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, is a collaboration with nine other authors about a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program, coming from MIT Press in September.