Between Page and Screen – Is Online Reading Becoming Synesthetic? ArtLab Berline July 2013

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In an age of connectability, when streams of images are intertwined with an overflow of textual data, we find ourselves touching screens more and more often. New sets of relations between the body and the image/ word are being conjured parallel to changes brought to the act of reading by technological advent. Vision has already been conceived in analogy to the sense of touch (see Jonathan Crary's manuscript on visuality in the 18th and 19th centuries), furthermore, I argue, another dramatic shift is taking place these days in the bind between text and image. My lecture will problematize conceptions of the human body and the act of reading. Drawing on Johanna Drucker, I shall analyze possible structures of "electronic spaces” (e-space), attempting to facilitate an "interpretative activity" that goes beyond vision. Using examples from literature, visual art and technology I shall demonstrate the ways in which reading is becoming increasingly synesthetic

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Between Page and Screen – Is Online Reading Becoming Synesthetic? ArtLab Berline July 2013

  1. 1. Between Page and Screen – Synesthetic Reading?Between Page and Screen: Is Online Reading Becoming Synesthetic? Dr. Romi Mikulinsky, Synesthesia in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro)Sciences ArtLab Berlin, July 2013
  2. 2. The Convergence of the Senses “The verb to touch means first a blind contact, in the hope of finding something by chance: a heuristic method” (Vilém Flusser, Into the Universe of Technical Images 24-5). -
  3. 3. I. Alternate Forms of Reading “Image-making mechanisms were invented, namely, to produce improbable, informative situations to consolidate invisible possibilities into visible improbabilities” (Flusser 18)
  4. 4. I. Alternate Forms of Reading - Quipus
  5. 5. I. Alternate Forms of Reading - Quipus q
  6. 6. “The End of Books” Octave Uzanne 1895 - I. Alternate Forms of Reading - Audio
  7. 7. I. Alternate Forms of Reading - Haptic Seeing/ Touching/ Light-writing (photography) László Moholy-Nagy Photogram 1926
  8. 8. I. Alternate Forms of Reading - Haptic “This analogy interpreting sensory data from one modality (touch) in terms of another (vision) was to be pervasive, informing successive philosophical debates and thought experiments throughout the Enlightenment.” (Mark Paterson, The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects and Technologies, 8)
  9. 9. I. Alternate Forms of Reading - Haptic sensory perception * cross-modal/ inter-modal- sensory information being transferable from touch to vision * amodal - sensory information being prior to processing as specifically audile, visual, tactile, etc. (Paterson 38-9).
  10. 10. II. Reading in the Age of the Touch Screen -
  11. 11. II. Reading in the Age of the Touch Screen
  12. 12. II. Reading in the Age of the Touch Screen -
  13. 13. II. Reading in the Age of the Touch Screen -
  14. 14. - - III. Haptic Reading - Man-Machine Interface
  15. 15. III. Haptic Reading - Man-Machine Interface Wearable Computing
  16. 16. III. Haptic Reading - Man-Machine Interface Wearable Computing The body becomes the screen
  17. 17. III. Haptic Reading - Man-Machine Interface Haptic Braille -
  18. 18. III. Haptic Reading - Man-Machine Interface Senseg - “Feel” texture on glass by manipulating electrical force between finger and screen
  19. 19. IV. Reading Beyond the Screen - Spatiality AR – Augmented Reality Apps
  20. 20. IV. Reading Beyond the Screen - Spatiality From Page to Screen – 3D Poetry • -
  21. 21. IV. Reading Beyond the Screen - Spatiality Kinect -
  22. 22. IV. Reading Beyond the Screen - Spatiality Kinect -
  23. 23. The End - Rominating.tumblr.com

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