Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities provides artists and humanists with privileged access to a highly sophisticated understanding of the concepts and practices that make computer code into such a powerful means of human expression. Nick Montfort is a reassuring guide through this forbidden realm, a master magician who is eager to share his tricks, a fellow humanist/artist who understands computation with an unusual intimacy and historical perspective, and who is bent on demystifying the arcane, celebrating the playful, and generally making the wonders of computation available to a wider range of cultural and creative explorers. -- Janet H. Murray, Georgia Tech, author of Hamlet on the Holodeck and Inventing the Medium Montfort has constructed an entirely unique text in the crowded 'how-to-program' genre by focusing on programming as a mode of inquiry and on computation as culture. By infusing multiple programming languages, he presents a broad and balanced introduction to creative computing for humanists and artists. Montfort has deep knowledge and he writes with clarity. I've taught and written about coding and the visual arts for over fifteen years and I learned new things continuously throughout this singular and lucid book. -- Casey Reas, Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts Montfort's new book is not just a textbook for humanists and artists who want to learn to program. It is a guidebook for reflecting on the mode and the means of creation and critique in the digital realm and the profound impact these endeavors have on society. -- Tanya E. Clement, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media at MIT. He is the author of Twisty Little Passages- An Approach to Interactive Fiction and Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities; the coauthor of Racing the Beam- The Atari Video Computer System and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); - GOTO 10; and the coeditor of The New Media Reader (all published by the MIT Press).