Renderings is a project to translate computational literature (along with some other unusual types of electronic literature) from around the globe into English. This collection, including works originally written in six languages, represents the first phase of the ongoing Renderings project. The project, organized by Nick Montfort, originated as an in-person collaboration at MIT and now involves partners in several cities internationally.
This collection includes the work of authors who are members of the famous French group Oulipo. Some of the authors represented first presented their pieces in popular magazines about computing, and, although they influenced the way people thought about language and computers, were not nearly as acclaimed in literary circles. These works include some done by professors, some by students, and several from those outside academia. There are combinatorial poetry generators originally in Japanese, Polish, and Spanish, similar to each other in some ways but quite different in many aspects of design.
Renderings aims to make a global computational literature accessible to the English-language community, so that this community can appreciate some of the innovations happening worldwide and understand the way computation has intersected with different languages and cultures. In developing accessible translations, the project often ports, emulates, and makes functioning work from years ago available, both in the original language and in translation. Ported code in both languages has been developed to allow easy study and modification by those in the two language communities.