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Books and blockchains: new possibilities for digital literature
Thursday, April 20, 2017
What could a digital book possibly have to do with Blockchain - the technology behind the crypto-currency Bitcoin? And how can you create a situation where someone can own a book, without paying for it, yet everyone can read it?
These are some of the questions we’ve been asking ourselves as part of Editions At Play -
a collaboration between our Creative Lab team in Sydney and the London publisher
- which aims to create a space for new, experimental, digital storytelling through the marriage of technology and literature.
Today we’re excited to release two new books which, we hope, will continue to inspire fresh conventions around how we think of books and ‘bookness’, and how authors can work with developers and designers to create new formats of non-linear, dynamic literature.
A Universe Explodes
, by Google’s own Tea Uglow, is on one level the story of a parent losing their grip on reality.
On another it is an exploration of the idea of ownership in digital culture, asking whether it is even possible to own a digital artefact in the same way we own a physical book or a CD, and using Blockchain to experiment with new models for owning and exchanging digital goods.
The book is accessible to all, but owned by only a few, and when one owner is ‘finished’ with their version, they dedicate it to a new owner, triggering a change of ownership which is recorded to the Blockchain - a permanent, public database accessible to everyone.
There are 100 ‘versions’ of A Universe Explodes, which each start the same. The first 100 owners receive a personal dedication from Tea, and are then invited to edit the book themselves by removing two words and adding one. They in turn dedicate their version to someone else, creating a ‘daisy book chain’ which gradually gets shorter until there is only one word per page in the book.
You can watch this film or
read this post
to learn more about the ideas behind the book.
, by British author Joanna Walsh, is the story of a young woman coming of age in the 1980s, digitally growing and decaying around an unmentionable event that every reading will see differently.
The book uses a sprawling digitally-native canvas to steer the reader and employs ‘story vines’ to navigate the narrator’s dark and claustrophobic surroundings - all set inside and around rich, botanical illustrations by Charlotte Hicks.
You can explore more of Seed - a story that blooms, wilts, and grows - in
Posted by Jonathan Richards, Team Lead, Google Creative Lab
Get the best seat in the house and watch Coachella live exclusively on YouTube
Thursday, April 13, 2017
When you think of
Coachella you think of amazing music artists, thrilling performances and nonstop fun in the middle of the desert.
This year’s fest will be bigger than ever and even if you can’t make it to Coachella in person, you don’t have to miss out on a moment of the action.
For the seventh year in a row, YouTube brings you the exclusive Coachella live stream – presented by Optus. This year, select acts will also available in Live 360. M
usic fans from around the world can tune-in to
Coachella's YouTube channel
from April 14-16,
on any screen (desktop, mobile and living room).
Catch performances from global superstars and the hottest rising talent in the world, including headliners
– as well as Aussie acts including
Empire of the Sun
What So Not.
You can choose from three always-on channels as well as a Live 360 Mode that will appear for select performances. Don’t miss any of the shows you’re most excited for by creating a personalized calendar that lets you track all your favorite performances. The livestream channels will automatically change to your favorite artists based on your selection. And if you
turn on notifications
for artists you subscribe to, you’ll get a note when they go live.
first time ever you’ll even get a
sneak peek inside the famous underground dance music Yuma tent.
If you miss one of the big performances, we still have you covered with a video-on-demand hub that will showcase highlights and footage from performers throughout the weekend.
Stay tuned to find out more information about Coachella performances and be sure to subscribe to
Coachella's YouTube channel
so you’re part of the action!
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