This research questions and defines new reading models for digital media.
Linear writing and hypertext are not only two divergent modes of textuality, they are mostly two radically different models representing human memory. To the will of its externalization and its encyclopedic crystallization in a still, linear, analytical and objectively distanced form as printing could formulate, hypertext opposes a living, recursive and open knowledge structure.
This peculiar interest in digital reading relies on the fact that it emancipates itself from reading habits as defined since the birth of writing and specified by printing, static by essence, causing some deep cognitive restructuring. Typographical matters therefore coexists with other related domains. A first part of this research was dedicated to sketching interfaces using an eye-tracker (to detect and follow the position of the eye on the screen) as an interaction tool. These questions were then confronted with the notions of transtextuality formulated by the Tel Quel collective and then Gerard Genette. The second part invested corpuses of dense texts, and of worked on the visualization of relations between these texts, at different scales and showing to different relation’s levels.
The last 6 months of this project were devoted to developing the beginnings of a tool for collecting, reading and diversely tagging articles from information sites.