Between Page and Screen explores the place of books as objects in an era of increasingly screen-based reading. The pages of this artist's book contain no text—only abstract geometric patterns and a web address leading to this site, where the book may be read using any browser and a webcam. The poems that appear, a series of letters written by two lovers struggling to map the boundaries of their relationship, do not exist on either page or screen, but in the augmented space between them opened up by the reader.
Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a chapbook; and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012). Her creative work spans translation, performance, book arts, and electronic literature, and she collaborates with a number of authors, including Kate Durbin, Gabriela Jauregui, and Andy Fitch. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, where she taught classes in digital, visual, and material poetics. Her scholarship centers on the use of mediation by modern and contemporary poets. She joins the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell in Fall, 2012.
Brad Bouse is a developer whose work focuses on the intersection of art and technology. His personal projects have ranged from documentaries to collaborative screenwriting tools. Professionally, he works on product and user experience for consumer web startups.
Between Page and Screen uses the FLARToolkit to project animations in an augmented-reality. The application also uses the Robot Legs framework, Papervision 3D engine, BetweenAS3 animation engine, and Jiglib physics engine. The source code for this application will be released when it is finalized.