Ink After Print is an interactive, participatory, digital literary installation made in a collaboration between PIT-researchers, CAVI/Tekne Productions and Roskilde Libraries initiated during the Literature Takes Place (Litteraturen Finder Sted) project and first exhibited in 2012.
Ink is designed to make people affectively engage with, and reflect on, the ergodic qualities of digital literature in public settings such as libraries and events. Through their engagement with Ink, people can – individually or collaboratively – produce poems by interacting with three books embedded with a custom-made sensor system, the DUL Radio. The interactive books let people control a floating sentence in an ocean of words toward a sheet of paper to produce a poem, all visualized on a large display. The sentences, written by Danish author Peter-Clement Woetmann, are retrieved from a database. When the poem reaches a limit of 350 characters, it is printed out in a form similar to a library receipt that people can take with them. The poems also appear on a blog updated in real-time (www.inkafterprint.dk) where people can read their own and others’ poems, and comment on them.
Ink has been exhibited at more than 10 libraries all over Denmark, at numerous conferences and seminars and at Roskilde Festival, where more than 1000 poems was produced. Ink has so far been presented at international conferences in Bergen, Edinburgh, Paris, Coventry and is part of the Media Art Show at the 2014 Electronic Literature Organisation Conference, Hold the Light in Milwaukee.
For a scenario video see here: http://media.cavi.dk/228/607914?player=true and a video from Roskilde Festival with interviews and interaction can be seen here: http://media.cavi.dk/228/607868?player=true
Ink was first build in Danish as Tilfældigvis er skærmen blevet blæk (Accidentally, the Screen Turns to Ink). The Danish website for Ink can be found here: http://blaek.netlitteratur.dk/. The Danish version of Ink is hosted at Roskilde Library and can be borrowed by public libraries here. The English version of Ink is hosted by CAVI and is planned to be used for new development and experimentation within the PIT and Literature Between Media research projects.
Pold, Søren Bro and Christian Ulrik Andersen. “Post-digital Books and Disruptive Literary Machines: Digital Literature Beyond the Gutenberg and Google Galaxies”. Formules/Revue Des Creations Formelles. 2014.
Design & concept development: Jonas Fritsch, Lasse Steenbock Vestergaard, Søren Pold, Martin Campostrini, Allan Thomsen Volhøj, Ann Luther Petersen
3D programming and implementation: Jonas Oxenbøll Petersen, Janus Bager Kristensen, Rolf Bagge, Peter Friis-Nielsen
Sound design: Rune Wehner
Author: Peter-Clement Woetman
Translator: Morten Visby
Contact: Søren Pold: pold (at) cavi.au.dk