congress / events

The Reading Lab: Modules – literary related installations

exhibition / installation

2011-09-08 - 2011-09-11 Four Domes Pavilion

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photo: A. Słodownik - Bogna Kowalska, książka interaktywna, 2010

As its name implies, the Reading Lab will be a place devoted to reading, but not in the way you might expect. We want to take a look at literature and the written word in light of the changes brought about by the growth of new media. Updated publishing formats such as audiobooks and e-readers aren’t the only innovations: new, non-linear narrative structures have emerged, along with such fresh forms as digitization and convergence, or the combination of text, sound, and video. The language of the written word is changing, along with the form in which it published (blogs, social media, and online forums). Access to tools such as free software and hardware has made it possible to convey text in completely novel ways, stimulating the imaginations of technology users. On the other hand, the analog world has been opening up to the concepts explored by digital innovations: the idea of interactivity applies to “unplugged” writing as well. Contemporary culture encourages us to cooperate. The role of the reader is becoming just as blurred as the authority of the author. Everyone is invited to write, to change language, and explore new forms of textual communication.

So how do we read, write, and construct narratives in today’s world? What is “reader’s ADHD” and the phenomenon of “tl;dr” (“too long; didn’t read”)? Has our new approach to literature and the written word caused us to devolve as readers, or conversely, has it broadened our imaginations?

The above questions will be addressed by artists in installations built around the following concepts: transformation, narration, participation, attention, memory, distraction, interdisciplinarity, media convergence, interactivity, co-creation, blurring borders, culture of abundance, confusion, non-reading, typography.

As part of  “Modules” we will get to experience installations by Krzysztof Trzewiczek, Maciej Byliniak, panGenerator group, students of the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology: Bogna Kowalska, Michał Buczyński-Pałka from the Multimedia Workshop led by Anna Klimczak and Marcin Wichrowski, and a joint project of Ewa Satalecka’s students.

Curated by: Agnieszka Słodownik

Partners: Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology in Warsaw, lubimyczytac.pl, Domar Interior Gallery and bludot.pl