Tsou Yung-shan

Artist Statement


Paper has been the vehicle for literature for centuries; we have grown accustomed to the physicality of paper in the experience of absorbing content.

Digital media has changed the way we interact with data; one can contemplate the various sensorial experiences gained or lost through this new way of engaging with reading. The interpretation of the contents in a book is greatly affected by the mode of its dissemination and how it is situated and presented. Reading has become an interactive process through rich digital media, and new possibilities are extended in format options. This is also changing the way we write/create. The experience of reading is no longer constrained to just words and pictures; videos and non-linear approaches to narrative are also readily accessible for authors to integrate into their process.

Furthermore, the digital media shapes our reading gesture. We are developing a public self-image whilst reading, which had been considered as a private activity. We become aware of our image in public because of the gaze of others. Monitoring technologies make the physically absent gaze or observation possible. How the gaze of others influences our reading comprehension is a contemporary subject.

For this exhibition, we invite all participants to reconsider reading, and to reflect on the evolution of content communication through book formats and to consider the possible relations between human beings and “books”. All the presented book objects are offered to be read tactilely without gloves. It is a creative time to envision new medias, and imagine or even question various conceptual mediums of presentation in narratives.

In this exhibition a reading installation will be the place where we collectively reflect on our gaze and reading experiences. These interactions, experiments and performances could inform new possibilities for further new creative directions in analysing how or why we engage with literature and may present new book formats.