Between Page and Screen

Sophie Rochester, Editor

Between Page and Screen is a limited edition hand-bound and letterpress-printed book of poems that in form and content engages both the digital poetry and artist’s book traditions toconsider the place of books in an era of screen-based reading. Produced in collaboration with Brad Bouse, an interactive developer, this twenty-poem chapbook contains no text, only geometric markers that, when displayed before the reader’s webcam, activate a series of animations mapped to the surface of the page. Because the animations move with the book, they appear to inhabit “real” three-dimensional space — so the project is described as a kind of digital pop-up book.

Between Page and Screen say – “The resulting poems exist in an augmented reality where the user sees herself holding, and interacting with, the text. The poems include a series of cryptic letters between two lovers, P and S, as well as animations that play with the central images in those letters. P and S explore their fraught relationship through metaphor and innuendo, but have difficultydefining it. Their epistles and coded icon messages suggest a network of connectionsthey may never untangle. P asks, “Be my apport?” S wonders, “Why this mania to name what’s between us?””

We hope to have more from the makers of Between Page and Screen very soon but for now check out the video.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest news, trends, job opportunities and events in the digital publishing industry.
We do not sell or share your information with anyone else