The Liquid Information Company &   googlewhite256  presents:




This symposium is now over. It was a beautiful day.

Presentations can be downloaded from DropBox

Audio stream available as well.

Photographs by Muna Ally on Facebook


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


6 November 2014 : 10:00 - 17:00
Google : 1 Saint Giles High Street
London WC2H 8AG,

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Full Agenda



Each speaker will have 10 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for dialog.

Hashtag: #FoText


The event is organised by The Liquid Information Company, developers of richly interactive systems, in association with Artchestra:

fotliquid         artch


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



                   Jane Yellowlees Douglas, PhD of the University of Florida

                   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