Students from QUT Creative Industries are remixing Willow Pattern, the 24-Hour Book based on its complete data set. This series of posts follows their progress.
As someone who has loved books since childhood, it's interesting to wonder what the meaning of "book" could develop into when everything these days is becoming so digital. I've done a few projects while at university that have considered the question and there are already a few different answers. A lot of writers these days are collaborating not just with other writers, but with their fans, software developers, graphic designers, and any other creative minds able to make their works more encompassing of an electronic audience. Writers are now asking "How else can I tell the story?"
With that in mind, The 24-Hour Book was just another answer to that question. Not only that, its open involvement with the public made those 24-hours an event; there was just as much interest in the writing challenge as the written works themselves. What I want to get from remixing Willow Patterns is not to form new stories from the original text, but to express the complexity of forming a story and how the smallest artistic media can create a huge impact.