Electronic Literature

Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Noah Wardrip-Fruin is a noted new media artist and scholar who graduated from the Brown's graduate writing program and interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. His digital works and collaborations include Gray Matters, The Impermanence Agent, Screen and Regime Change. He has served as co-editor on several New Media theory collections, including The New Media Reader (co-edited with NIck Montfort) and First Person (co-edited with Pat Harrigan. His most recently teamed with Harrigan again for the follow-up to First Person, Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media. Currently,he teaches in the Department of Communications at the University of California, San Diego and blogs at Grand Text Auto. On what interests him in the future of digital art, he notes in an interview with artificial.dk:

It is, perhaps unsurprisingly, work that explores the malleability of language. Much of electronic visual art creates responsive images. Much of electronic music creates responsive instruments and compositions. But much of electronic writing, to me, feels like work with text that is nearly as fixed as it is on the page. Now, don't get me wrong, I think there is very interesting work to be done in this area.