The Trope Tank invites applications for a writer in residence during academic year 2017-2018, to start July 1 and with most involvement during the Fall, January, and Spring terms at MIT.
Our mission is developing new poetic practices and new understandings of digital media by focusing on the material, formal, and historical aspects of computation and language. More can be discovered about the Trope Tank here:
Recent projects of the Trope Tank include Renderings:
The Renderings project is an effort to locate computational literature in languages other than English — poetry and other text generators, combinatorial poems, interactive fiction, and interactive visual poetry, for example — and translate this work to English. Along the way, it is necessary to port some of this work to the Web, or emulate it, or re-implement it, both in the source language and in English. This provides the original language community better access to a functioning version of the original work, some of which originates in computer magazines from several decades ago, some of which is from even earlier. The translations give the English-language community some perspective on the global creative work that has been undertaken with language and computation, helping to remedy the typical view of this area, which is almost always strongly English-centered.
as well as explorations of very small programs (256b) programs, which includes developing creative work of this sort. The Trope Tank also teaches about computing, videogaming, and the material history of the text in formal and informal ways and conducts other research into related areas. Those in the Trope Tank have also curated and produced exhibits and brought some of the lab’s resources to the public at other venues. The lab hosts monthly meetings of the People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction and occasional workshops.
There are no fees or costs associated with the residency; there is also no stipend or other financial support provided as part of the appointment. A writer in residence has 24-hour access to and use of the Trope Tank, including space to work, power and network connection, and use of materials and equipment. As a member of the MIT community, writers in residence can access the campus and check out books from the MIT Libraries. We encourage our writer in residence to attend research and creative discussions, which occur weekly, and to join us in project work and other collaborations, but this is not expressed with a particular requirement to be in the Trope Tank some amount of time per week.
To apply, email me, Nick Montfort, at moc.mkcin@mkcin with short answers (in no case to exceed 250 words each) to the following questions:
What work have you done that relates to computation, language and literature, and the mission of the lab? Include URLs when appropriate; there is no need to include the URLs when counting words.
How would you make use of your time in the Trope Tank? You do not have to offer a detailed outline of a particular project, but explain in some way how it would be useful to you to have access to the materials, equipment, and people here.
What is your relationship, if any, to literary translation, and do you see yourself contributing to Renderings and other work in literary translation of and supported by digital media? If so, how?
What connections could you potentially make between communities of practice and other groups you know, either in the Boston area or beyond, and the existing Trope Tank community within MIT?
Include a CV/resume in PDF format as an attachment.
Applications will be considered beginning on June 1.
We value diverse backgrounds, experiences, and thinking, and encourage applications by members of groups that are underrepresented at MIT.