AR as Digital Ekphrasis: The Example of Borsuk and Bouse’s Between Page and Screen
With the development of ubiquitous computing, the Web 3.0, and the so-called “internet of things,” the implications of augmented reality (AR) for our understanding of digital storytelling and posthuman subjectivity have begun to preoccupy a number of cultural theorists and artists. AR routinely elicits ambivalent responses of fascination and fear. This uneasiness recalls one that has been attached to the rhetorical trope of ekphrasis, the verbal representation of a visual representation. Augmented reality offers a platform for developing and understanding the complexities of what Cecilia Lindhé has termed digital ekphrasis, and the AR text Between Page and Screen, by Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse, exploits this digital ekphrasis to examine the metamorphosis of posthuman subjectivity in an age of pervasive data.
Keywordsaugmented reality digital storytelling ekphrasis electronic literature
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Kuhn, V.: Web Three Point Oh: The Virtual is the Real. In: High Wired Redux: The Cybertext Yearbook, p. 11. Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, University of Jyvkai-suja Press (2013)Google Scholar
- 3.Manovich, p. 223Google Scholar
- 4.Mitchell, W.J.T.: Picture Theory, p. 14. University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1994)Google Scholar
- 5.Lindhé, C.: A Visual Sense is Born in the Fingertips: Towards a Digital Ekphrasis. DHQ 7(1), Par. 3 (2013)Google Scholar
- 6.Google. A Night Walk in Marseille, https://nightwalk.withgoogle.com/en/home (accessed June 19, 2014)
- 7.Carpenter, J.R.: Entre Ville. The Electronic Literature Collection, V. 2, http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/carpenter_entreville.html (accessed June 19, 2014)
- 8.Wink, C.: Augmented reality in Philly historic photos: Azavea and Philadelphia Department of Records smartphone details, http://technical.ly/philly/2011/02/28/augmented-reality-in-philly-historic-photos-azavea-and-philadelphia-department-of-records-smartphone-details/
- 9.Borsuk, A., Bouse, B.: About Between Page and Screen, http://www.betweenpageandscreen.com/about
- 10.Borsuk, A., Bouse, B.: Between Page and Screen. Siglio Press, Los Angeles (2012)Google Scholar