Post-desktop Publishing: An Interactive Book for an Era of Ubiquitous Digitality. The Implications of Intelligent and Pervasive Book Forms

By Eleanor Dare.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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If digital literature is going to emerge as anything other than a facsimile of traditional texts it must deploy the significant strengths that contemporary computation has to offer. This paper will outline my reasons for stating this while also outlining and contextualising the software and book I have developed for my doctoral practice. This software generates bespoke literary content that works in collaboration with an analogue book called South: a psychometric text adventure. I shall explain how philosophies of Real World Interaction and situated programming have informed the development of this work, and why it represents a critique of previous digital forms and the underlying logic of traditional Artificial Intelligence, which I shall argue, has failed to deliver any significant digitally mediated literature.

Keywords: Digital Technology, The Future of Books, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Dissemination, Programming, Materiality, Pervasive Computing, Post-desktop

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.85-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.212MB).

Eleanor Dare

Lecturer Arts Computing, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, London, UK

I am a final year doctoral student studying Arts and Computational Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am also a lecturer (teaching computer programming to Masters Art students). My practice centres upon the meaningful capabilities computation has to offer the experience of both reading and writing. Throughout the last five years I have refined my practice into one that interrogates both the collision and synergy of digital and analogue book forms. My PhD research is primarily concerned with programming situated and responsive book forms that react dynamically to contextual and subjective moments in time. I am also an associate of the Creative Media Forum, this is a forum that frames the problem of mediation as both contextual and temporal. It centres on the evolution of media in a wider socio-economic context. (see http://creativemediaforum.blogspot.com/) In the last three years I have presented my work at academic symposia and conferences in London, Stockholm, Berlin and Copenhagen.

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