December 2, 2005

We All Scream for Eyebeam: B&V Release Party at the Upgrade! in NYC

by Nick Montfort · , 2:44 am

Please join us [for the Upgrade! at Eyebeam, New York City,] on Thursday, December 8, for a talk with poet, writer and programmer Nick Montfort. We’ll celebrate the launch of his new work Book and Volume, and close 2005.

[Details below…]

The talk will take place in Liz’s classroom at Eyebeam. Book and Volume will be installed on computers around us. To warm things up, shall we have us a potluck? Wine, beer (whiskey’s okay too) and snacks are welcomed.

Nick will first discuss the approach that his collaborators and him have taken in working together on projects including 2002: A Palindrome Story (with William Gillespie) and Implementation (with Rettberg). Nick is most interested in collaborations that involve developing the central concept and structures of a piece together, and that don’t involve parceling out different creative tasks to different collaborators. Then, he’ll consider his work in interactive fiction, and particularly his just-released interactive fiction Book and Volume, as an attempt to bring the computer’s capabilities into literary art, another essential aspect of his practice.

Nick Montfort is a poet, writer, and programmer who lives in Philadelphia. His projects include Book and Volume (an interactive fiction, Auto Mata, 2005), Mystery House Taken Over (a modification kit and several modified interactive fictions, with Emily Short, Dan Shiovitz, and others, Turbulence, 2005), Implementation (a novel on stickers, written with Scott Rettberg, 2004), and 2002: A Palindrome Story (written with William Gillespie, online and in print from Spineless Books, 2002). He wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction and, with Noah Wardrip-Fruin, edited the book and CD-ROM The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003). Nick is a Ph.D. candidate in computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania.


Thursday, December 8, 7:30 PM
540-548 west 21st street (bet 10 & 11 Ave)

Yael Kanarek

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The Upgrade! is an international network of gatherings concerning art + tech + community.

About our host: Eyebeam is a not-for-profit organization established in 1996. Through its Education, Moving Image and Exhibition divisions the organization works to expand the public’s appreciation and understanding of media art. As part of its mission and efforts to provide support for artists working within the intersection of art, science, and technology, Eyebeam is excited to act as host for the Upgrade! events and activities since April 2000.

4 Responses to “We All Scream for Eyebeam: B&V Release Party at the Upgrade! in NYC”

  1. nick Says:

    Hooray! The Eyebeam discussion went very well, and Stephanie, Hanne-Louvise, and PG from ifMUD were able to make it. Many thanks to Yael and Liz for hosting this, and to Winston Wolff of Stratolab for starting us off by presenting how he’s using IF in education.

  2. nick Says:

    A page with real-audio of my talk at the December 2005 Upgrade! is now up.

  3. jean melrose Says:

    this is very sweet funny eloquent sweet funny nonbodied very techno techno yes yes unbody bodie?d dis id embodied keep up
    the work its cool good come & visit when you can

  4. jean melrose Says:

    i mean this blog and this work of nick’s yes it is indeed and its very much so yes i am writin this in
    the voice of gertrude stein thank you very much much very thank you

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