Genders of Hyperlinks, 2013
Genders of Hyperlinks is a research project that explores new reading experiences of the digital book. With the “death of the page”, digital publishing demands fresh ways of presenting content in a non-linear manner. The results of this research are shown as part of the MOTI Hotel exposition at Museum of the Image, Breda. The exhibition will run from September 28th, 2013 to June 1st, 2014.
Based on prior extensive research, Niels Schrader and Michał Ejdys have prototyped a software that from a given text renders a network of hyperlinks based on the semantics of individual sentences. A network of references that connects related pieces of information, and offers the reader the opportunity to instantly jump to other pieces of content.
The innovative potential of this project lies in discovering different types of relationships that related pieces of text might have. It led to identifying the following three genders of hyperlinks:
Every decision a reader makes when navigating through the non-linear book creates a personal, unique reading experience. The snippets and the genders of the hyperlinks, equip the reader with a compass to navigate the text and make conscious decisions to either continue the predetermined track of the author or deviate by enhancing or surpassing the current topic.
programming: Michał Ejdys