Winter 2018

Reading books and scrolls and screens

Anja Neidhardt
Front matter

Technology continues to change relationships between writers, publications and reading, acting as a catalyst for new publishing models

New technical developments continue to have an impact on literature and our understanding of books. From 13 to 14 June 2017, a two-day conference in Berlin sought to get a grip on the current ecosystems of contemporary literature and publishing.

Titled ‘The Publishing Sphere’, the event took place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, with roundtable discussions, short performances, workshops and literary readings. Some of the most interesting sessions discussed the widely varying publishing models that explore relationships between digital and analogue forms of reading and writing. Three of these ventures – Fiktion, Tegel Media and Jean Boîte Éditions – are presented below.


Spread from Kim Jong Il Looking at Things (Jean Boîte Éditions), based on the Tumblr site of that name.
Top: Rene Daalder and Rem Koolhaas, The White Slave (translated, from the original Dutch De blanke Slavin, by Laura Martz), Fiktion, 2016.


Anja Neidhardt, design curator and writer, lecturer for design history, Academy of Visual Arts Frankfurt

Read the full version in Eye no. 95 vol. 24, 2018


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