“Reading Revisited” explores the possibilities and limitations of virtual reality in terms of the cultural technique of reading. What new possibilities does this technology offer, for example memorization (loci method), textreception (parallel reading, eytracking-based text suggestions), social readings or environmental change based on the content?
Can a pleasant reading experience be generated in Virtual Reality? Can the extended possibilities outlined in the project description be implemented in such a way as to make actual use likely? Various prototypical reading offers have been developed and tested. A demonstrator, which shows the various possibilities as an example, was developed and was presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. Subsequent tests with test subjects are intended to make out possible differences in the performance between the media paper, screen and virtual reality.
Virtual reality challenges our traditional perception routines. At the same time, new possibilities for the visualization and design of knowledge are emerging. On the basis of the porting of the “old” culture technique of reading into this new medium, the transfer effects occurring during a new media state of text can be sent to an observation. Both for media-theoretical questions and for the future of reading itself, these studies could contribute interesting knowledge.