10 PRINT Exhibit, Reading

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 10:26 am   ///////  

Our book 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 has been printed and bound and is making its way to bookstores now. It’s featured in a current exhibit at Hampshire College, and three of us ten co-authors did a reading to celebrate the release at the Harvard Book Store yesterday, where the first copies were available.

Nick Montfort of 10 PRINT

Our reading at the Harvard Book Store drew a sizable crowd, including MIT colleagues from Comparative Media Studies / Writing and Humanistic Studies and the Literature section; comrades in the People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction, librarians, and local free software folks and hackers, among others. The three of us read some short excerpts from the book and discussed the project, first with each other and then in response to questions from the audience. Several people assumed that the book was a collection of individually-authored articles, which is not a surprise, since that’s usually how a book like this is done. So we spent some time explaining the process of collaborative authorship that we used. The photos here are of me (Nick Montfort) on the left, then of Patsy Baudoin and Noah Vawter.

Patsy Baudoin of 10 PRINT Noah Vawter of 10 PRINT

Meanwhile, back in Western Massachusetts … and specifically at Hampshire College, the exhibit “Pulp to Pixels: Artist’s Books in the Digital Age” is on until November 16. The exhibit is curated by Andrea Dezsö, Steven Daiber, and Meredith Brober, is part of the “Non-Visible and Intangible” series, and is located at the Harold F. Johnson Library. There’s a news item about the exhibit and site with curatorial descriptions and documentation.

Below are photos of John Slepian, who offered his Commodore 64 for the exhibit and set it up, and a gallery visitor enjoying a 10 PRINT variant.

Setting up the C64

A visitor using the C64

By the weekend, 10 PRINT should be available in fine online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, including my other main bookstore in Cambridge, the MIT Press Bookstore. We hope readers will enjoy the project, and that it will also be an invitation to think about collaborative research and scholarship in the humanities in a new way.

2 Comments »

  1. [...] mia?a ju? swoj? oficjaln? prezentacj?, jest ju? tak?e do nabycia jest w harwadzkiej ksi?garni, a od jutra b?dzie dost?pna [...]

  2. I loved reading the pdf version of 10 PRINT, and can’t wait to have a hold of the paper version that looks so beautiful. You made a wonderful job waving together media archaeology, art history and literary criticism without loosing the edge of each discipline while keeping it accessible. The result is a fascinating reading that compels to read texts and look at visual art in new ways. Also, the book brings the joys of coding to a broader audience by contextualizing programmers’ intimate relationship to code within a broader cultural context. As its object, the book feels like a maze, because of the way the contributions are attributed collectively. This gives the reader a sense of the collective thinking that must have been at work in the design of the book.

    Comment by Jonathan Baillehache — 2012-11-30 @ 4:41 pm

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