Words, spoken or written, are powerful tools that have the ability to create and destroy. From the Genesis creation story to a court judge giving sentence, words are both containers of important meanings and are contained within something beyond themselves: a voice, a pen and paper, a typed book or, in today’s digital age, computers. The latter presents a new kind of literature in the 21st century—digital literature. From emails to blogs to apps to eBooks specifically and exclusively produced to be read on digital devices, there exists a whole world of words that are never designed, programmed or created to be printed. In a world of smart phones, laptops and even smart watches, this exhibition takes a look at how we consume all the digital texts that we face in our lives and how our minds interact with them, through the use of touchscreen and other devices, to which we often don’t give a second thought. Gone are the days of telegrams and writing letters. Even phone calls are a less popular form of communication nowadays; welcome to the age of SMS, email and digital literature. The exhibition is curated by Laura Borràs and Giovanna di Rosario, both international specialists from the Hermeneia digital group at the University of Barcelona.
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