Spring 2023 People
Nick Montfort director
Angela Chang research affiliate, MIT
Antônio Henrique Torres Vianna
writer in residence, NYC
Lupe Fiasco visiting scholar, MIT
Wellesley UROP at MIT
Artist/Researchers through 2022
Information about past Trope Tank researchers reflects their status as of the end of 2022.
Albert Figurt, visiting scholar, Spring 2022–Summer 2022. Albert is an artist and independent scholar in Italy.
Jesper Juul, visiting scholar, Spring 2022. Jesper is an associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy’s
Institute of Visual Design in Copenhagen and author of
Handmade Pixels: Independent Video Games and the Quest
for Authenticity. Nanna Debois Buhl, visiting PhD student, Spring 2022. Nanna is completing her practice-based PhD at the Royal
Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Copenhagen University.
Ardalan SadeghiKivi, graduate researcher, Spring 2021, Fall 2021. Ardalan is completing his SMarch at MIT.
Kitty Zeng, undergraduate researcher, Spring 2022. Kitty is a fourth-year computer science/brain & cognitive
science major at MIT.
Joanne Yuan, undergraduate researcher, Spring 2021. Joanne graduated from MIT with a SB in computer science.
Alan Zhu, undergraduate researcher, Spring 2021. Alan is a third-year computer science/humanities & science
major at MIT.
Valerie Chen, undergraduate researcher, Summer 2020. Valerie graduated from MIT with an SB in political science.
Judy Heflin, research assistant, Fall 2018–Spring 2020. Judy graduated from MIT with an SM in comparative media
Sebastian Bartlett Fernandez, undergraduate researcher, Spring 2018–Spring 2019. Sebastian is a fourth-year
computer science major at MIT.
Scott Rettberg, visiting professor, Fall 2017. Scott is a professor at the University of Bergen and author of
Electronic Literature. Pierre Tchetgen, visiting predoctoral researcher, Fall 2017—Spring 2018. Pierre completed his PhD at the
University of California and is a postdoc at Northeastern University.
J-S Senécal (pka Sofian Audry), postdoctoral researcher, Spring 2017. Sofian is a professor at UQAM and author
Art in the Age of Machine
Learning. Chris Kerich, research assistant, Fall 2015—Spring 2017. Chris is a PhD student in the Film & Digital Media
Studies program at UCSC.
Milton Läufer, writer in residence, Fall 2016—Spring 2017. Milton is a PhD student at NYU, now living in Berlin,
and author of
Noise Such as a
Man Might Make. Michał Żmuda, visiting PhD student, Spring 2016. Michał completed his PhD at the University of Rzeszów and is
Reading Narrative: On Narrative Figures in Polish Literature (not only) of the 20th and 21st
Centuries (in Polish). Veli-Matti Karhulahti, postdoctoral researcher, Spring 2016. Matti completed his PhD at the University of
Jyväskylä, is senior researcher there, and teaches at the University of Turku.
Andrew Plotkin, writer in residence, Spring 2015—Fall 2016. Zarf continues his amazing work as a hacker, IF
author, and IF system developer.
Piotr Marecki, visiting scholar, November 2013–July 2014. Piotr is professor at Jagiellonian University’s
Institute of Culture, heads the publisher Ha!art, and is founder of Ubu Lab.
Erik Stayton, research assistant, Fall 2013–Spring 2015. Erik completed his PhD in the HASTS program at MIT and
works as an anthropologist.
Clara Fernández-Vara, visiting scholar, October 2012–August 2013. Clara is an associate arts professor at
NYU and author of
to Game Analysis, 2nd edition. Rafael Pérez y Pérez, visiting scholar, Fall 2012. Rafael is a professor at UAM Cualimalpa and
years–20 stories [20
años–20 historias]. Liz Hernandez, undergraduate researcher, Summer 2012, graduated MIT with an SB.
Natalia Fedorova, visiting scholar & Fulbright Fellow, 2011–2012. Natalia is a lecturer at the Smolny
Institute in St. Petersburg and co-curates the 101 Media Art Festival.
Robert Long, undergraduate researcher, Summer 2011, graduated MIT with an SB.
Zuzana Husárová, visiting scholar & Fulbright Fellow, Spring 2011. Zuzana teaches in three countries, at
Comenius University, Masaryk University, and Sprachkunst at Universitaet fuer Angewandte Kunst.
editoral collective members, 2018– Taper
Sebastian Bartlett (co-editor of #1, #2, #3 & #4)
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (co-editor of #1, #2, & #3)
Kyle Booten (co-editor of #5, #6, #7, #8 & #9)
Angela Chang (co-editor of #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 & #9)
Leonardo Flores (co-editor of #5, #6, #7, #8 & #9)
Katy Ilonka Gero (co-editor of #8 & #9)
Judy Heflin (co-editor of #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, & #8)
Milton Läufer (co-editor of #5, #6, & #7)
Nick Montfort (co-editor of #1; publisher)
Rachel Paige Thompson (co-editor of #2)
Eugenio Tisselli (co-editor of #8 & #9 )
Renderings Phase I collaborators, 2014
Qianxun (Sally) Chen
Slant collaborators, 2013–2014
Rafael Pérez y Pérez
D. Fox Harrell
Mark C. Marino
Studies series collaborators, 2007– Racing the Beam Tools for the Telling collaborators, 2007–2008
The Trope Tank is a lab/studio. We develop new poetic practices and new understandings
of digital media by focusing on the material, formal, and historical aspects of computation and language.