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Textransformations is a sculptural installation and an interactive reading experience. The exhibit is an invitation to consider the transformation of textuality from analogue to digital form. Exhibition launch is at Humanities library: Tuesday March 20 at 14.15.

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Textransformations

Textransformations is a sculptural installation and an interactive reading experience.  The exhibit is an invitation to consider the transformation of textuality from analogue to digital form.  The red thread prominent in scandanavian design is harnassed to visualize digital networks, which have radically reorganized our experience of communication.  A new form of transmission – of our words, our voices, our ideas – is symbolically rendered in this tangled net.

Textransformations also features multiple found objects that have been discovered in the annals of the Humanities University Library at UiB.  A typewriter, the old card catalog, a book ladder, remind us of recent but radical change. The card catalog was a familiar sight to library users for generations, but it has been effectively replaced by the data networks of the digital age. Like leaves falling from the trees, we are shedding these old frameworks, and growing something new.

The result of this shift from analogue catagorization to open digitized networks can be realized in the way we tell our stories.  Laced throughout the installation are hot spots marked by QR codes. Each hot spot is a clue to new forms of textuality and digital storytelling.  The viewer is invited to use their cell phone to search and interact with the installation. Scan these hotspots to discover the influences and forms of narrative transformation.