Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, and Noah Vawter

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This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
12
Monday
November 12, 2012
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome NICK MONTFORT, PATSY BAUDOIN, and NOAH VAWTER for a discussion of their book about code, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10.

This book takes a single line of codethe extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the titleand uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a textin the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sourcesthat yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.

Nick Montfort
Nick Montfort

Nick Montfort

Nick Montfort develops literary generators and other computational art and poetry. He has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations. He is associate professor of digital media in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT and faculty advisor for the Electronic Literature Organization, whose Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 he co-edited. Montfort wrote the books of poems #! and Riddle & Bind and co-wrote 2002. The MIT Press has published four of his collaborative and individually-authored books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a collaboration with nine other authors that Montfort organized.

Patsy Baudoin
Patsy Baudoin

Patsy Baudoin

Patsy Baudoin is the MIT Libraries liaison to the MIT Media Lab and Art, Culture, and Technology.

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