This symposium is now over. It was a beautiful day.
A symposium centered around the premise that the written word is a fundamental unit of knowledge and as such is of universal importance.
The written word has evolved since its first appearance some five and a half thousand years ago, and moreover has evolved in particular evolutionary environments.
Today's digital text is as far removed from the printed book as the printed book is from the first scratchings on clay.
Looking back at what choices were made and which possibilities were discarded gives us a greater understanding of the multiple functions of the written word and this can inform how we consciously evolve text for the future; how we will innovate.
The event is open to university students with valid photo ID but registration is required beforehand. The event is not open to the general public but communications professionals and educators can get in touch for free access. Please contact Frode Hegland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each speaker will have 10 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for dialog.
The event is organised by The Liquid Information Company, developers of richly interactive systems, in association with Artchestra:
And most importantly, The Future of Text is supported by You, please donate:
Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum
Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum
Ilona Regulski of The British Museum
Dame Wendy Hall of The University of Southampton
Keith Houston Author (had to cancel)
Pierre Lévy of the University of Ottawa
Dino Karaberg of The University of Oslo
Timothy Donaldson of Falmouth University
Catherine Dixon of Central Saint Martins
Ren Cahoon of Reynolds Cahoon, LLC
George P. Landow of The Victorian Web
Richard Boulderstone of The British Library
David Jablonowski Artist
Philip Ball Author
David Brin Author via Skype
Marios Michaelides Author
Frode Hegland of The Liquid Information Company