The Reading School
Title: Across reading and writing in the virtually temporal
Location: Sharjah (UAE)
Collaborators: Elham Namvar and Pouya Ahmadi
Credits: Karin Eckerdal (research, photography), Signe Boe (research)
In order to explore the Arab language, in the physical space as well as in the digital, The Reading School went on a research trip to Sharjah. Our intentions were to investigate the digitisation process of the Arabic languages, comparing it to the process for the Latin languages with a holistic approach. This holistic documentation included images and objects such as mosaic scripts, handwritten notes and pictorial signs. To carry out the research we will forth-coming work on a prospective cross-culture carrier.
Title: The reader, the writer and the robot
Location: Bibliothek Andreas Züst (CH)
Collaborators: Marie Raffn, Annett Höland and Simone Koller
Credit: Annett Höland (photography)
Our workshop, ‘The reader, the writer and the robot’, was about reading, writing and the potential to create new stories based on present technology: What happens when the physical book meets the logics of a smartphone? Drawing inspiration from radical methods of text production such as those of the Oulipo group, we explored experimental ways of reading based on technological constraints and opportunities.
Round table discussion
Title: Reading with Rapid Reader
Location: Copenhagen (DK)
Collaborator: Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen
Video: Spritz Reading / 7:51
I invited Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen (Assistant Professor at the School of Communication and Culture – Aesthetics and Culture, Aarhus) to talk about the Spritz technology, a tool that facilitates a total concentration from the eyes, hands, head and body to sync and to stay in one position, a huge contrast to how these elements work when reading a physical book conventionally. Collectively, it only took us one and a half hours to read an entire book, staring at one point on the screen, without any frantic eye movements whatsoever. One can choose between a reading speed of 300, 700 or 1000 words per minute depending on the speed you feel comfortable with.