Cardiff Ideas Lab

On Monday 9th July, REACT hosted its third and final Ideas Lab for the Books&Print Sandbox at Chapter in Cardiff.

On Monday 9th July, REACT hosted its third and final Ideas Lab for the Books&Print Sandbox at Chapter in Cardiff.

Ideas Lab conversations in full swing. Photo credit: Lycia Harper

Ideas Lab conversations in full swing. Photo credit: Lycia Harper


As with the previous two Ideas Labs, the event boasted a broad array of attendees. These included digital technologists and story tellers, performance artists, editors, academics, writers and researchers all interested in the future of text

Throughout the day it was clear that the Books&Print theme represents a challenging but exciting arena in which to work. Questions being raised included:

  • what are the consequences of the decline in print media such as books and newspapers for how we store and access texts?
  • how has the increased demand for rapidly updating news sources, from world events, to entertainment, to culture changed the role of the editor?
  • how do we understand the object of the book after digital readers have tried to emulate their look and feel?
  • what affordances of digital technology allow us to encounter the challenges of literacy, language, translation in progressive ways?
  • what kinds of technological interventions that can be made to rethink what we read and how we read it in a digital culture?
  • what are the possibilities for storytelling now text can be everywhere and in so many forms?

Ideas forming in Cardiff. Photo credit: Lycia Harper

Ideas forming in Cardiff. Photo credit: Lycia Harper


Throughout each Ideas Lab we've been encouraging people to think disruptively and to imagine new ways of engaging with big questions about Books&Print. Each event provided a space of encounter these kinds kinds of questions: a sharing, trusting environment where people from a range of backgrounds, professional and intellectual positions, levels of engagement with digital technology and personal passions relating to Books&Print could meet and thrash out ideas.

We're excited about what happens next.

 

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