Ink After Print 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 (55”) 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.blaek.netlitteratur.dk) where people can read their own and others’ poems, and comment on them.
Soren Bro Pold is Associate Professor of digital aesthetics at Aarhus University in Denmark. He has published on digital and media aesthetics – from the 19th-century panorama to the interface in its various forms, e.g. on electronic literature, net art, software art, creative software, urban interfaces and digital culture. He took part in establishing the Digital Aesthetics Research Centre in 2002, in 2004 he co-organised the Read_me festival on software art, and he was in charge of the research project "The Aesthetics of Interface Culture" from 2004 to 2007. Later he was research manager in the Center for Digital Urban Living (2008-2012). Currently he is leader of the research programme “Humans and Information Technology” and part of the interdisciplinary research centre Participatory Information Technology. In relation to these research fields and groups, he has been active in establishing interface criticism as a research perspective, which discusses the role and the development of the interface for art, aesthetics, culture and IT.
Christian Ulrik Andersen is Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University in Denmark. Recent articles include “Disruptive innovation in digital art-activism and business,” “A Dialogue on Cassette Tapes and their Memories,” “Manifesto for a Post-Digital Interface Criticism : Six aspects of the interface that are important to address to critically reflect contemporary digital culture,” and “Post-digital Books and Disruptive Literary Machines : Digital Literature Beyond the Gutenberg and Google Galaxies.” With Soren Bro Pold, he is co-editor of Interface Criticism: Aesthetics Beyond Buttons (2011).
Jonas Fritsch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University in Denmark. Recent articles include “An Ethnology of Urban Fabric(s),” “Ekkomaten – An Auditory Interface to the 18th Century City of Aarhus,” and “Auditory Interfaces, Affective Engagement and the 'Echo' as a Mode of Participatory Investigation.”