The paper book has been declared dead many times over. And yet we are still reading and literature has reinvented itself time and time again: e-books are taken in digital piles on holiday, bookshops are full, reading clubs and festivals have become the standard repertoire of the modern publisher and many people are also listening to literature, as can be seen in the popularity of audio books and podcasts. Are we searching for a wider experience than sitting on the sofa with a book? Do we want to experience novels in a 360 degree VR environment? Or play literature games based on poetry? What other digital formats are possible for innovative storytelling for literature and poetry?
This is the reason why the VPRO, that has dedicated a lot of attention to literature and poetry on TV, radio and in the Guide, has started looking for innovative ways to give literature a platform for a wide audience. This search plays a central role in the fifth VPRO Medialab Hackathon on 2 and 3 March.