Nick Montfort

Professor of Digital Media, MIT Comparative Media Studies Program

Generative Unfoldings

Traumaphore, 2017. Courtesy of Nick Montfort.

Poet and MIT professor of digital media, Nick Montfort, creates and supports the creation of computational poetry and art as programmer, author, and pedagogue. Curator of the Generative Unfoldings: (Screen) and (Code) exhibition, Montfort extends this dedication to all manner of programming efforts in the arts and humanities to the commissioning of original generative software art for CAST.    

Biography: MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Nick Montfort. Credit Ricky Adam.

Symposium Schedule

Panel: Generative Unfoldings Opening Reception
Live Presentation & Q&A with Artists
Thursday, April 1, 2021 / 5:00–7:00pm EST
Location: Livestream

Related Works


2021, Dead Alive Magazine

Shaped of silicon and animated by language, this slim computer-generated book scheduled for release in early 2021 seems at first to be built of increasingly complex progressions of similar, cycling sentences. Some of them, even though they are syntactical, seem so elaborate as to exceed human understanding.

Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, Second Edition

2021, MIT Press

Nick Montfort reveals programming to be not merely a technical exercise within given constraints but a tool for sketching, brainstorming, and inquiry.

Post Hoc, An Online Art Show


Post Hoc was prompted by our inability to get to IRL galleries and museums. Artists were simply asked for digital images, any digital image they considered an artwork.