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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Book as Human-Computer Interface

In combining the classic feeling of handling a book with the interactivity of the computer, Waldek Węgrzyn of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, has created a new human-computer interface. His Electrolibraryproject connects the custom made book to a PC. Providing additional information, relevant to the page being viewed, on-screen. Turn a page in the book, and you “turn a page” on the website as well.

Inspired by a.o. David Small’s “Rethinking the book” (1999) and graphic designer El Lissitzky’s “The topography of typography” (1923), the latter also inspiring the design of the book, Węgrzyn has created a novel interface (pun intended) that he envisions could be used for an interactive children’s book.

Complete with touch sensitive curcuits made by screen printing conductive paint onto the pages the book presents a new method for communicating information interactively.

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  1. YeeY More than perhaps also inspired by the Diamond Age – A book about a society-changing interactive book “In the Diamond Age the answer is a book; a book that does more than our books are capable of doing and placed by Confucius in the hands of Nell, our very human heroin.” Read review here http://www.priscillaharing.info/?p=527

  2. perhaps you like to see this http://vimeo.com/927852

  3. Yes ofcourse, the Diamond age by Neal Stephenson. I really love his work. Not only his cyberpunk stuff, but also Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle.