Reaction by Matt Adcock
Here are two things that are obviously synergistic, the Word of God and Twitter...
The ambitious Twitter Gospels project headed by Andrew Richardson from the University of Sunderland is a contemporary response to the idea of illuminated writing in the context of a digitally connected community. Think Lindisfarne Gospels 2.0 and you'll be in the right headspace.
The project explores and examines ideas of meaning, legibility and aesthetics by creating a digitally illuminated version of the Gospel text, informed by online communities - it looks great in the book format and also when witnessed projected (see below).
The project used a Twitter feed to capture contemporary responses and thoughts about the Gospel text, in the form of ‘tweets’ written in response to each chapter and verse over the course of a single day.
It is fascinating to read through the data that was translated into a computationally generated ‘illumination’ of the Gospels - it becomes a unique, visual representation of the Gospels in the light of online social engagement.
Some of the text is hard to read, on other pages you have to simply let the visualisation wash over you but there is something very cool going on here and it is worthy of your time.
Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
öööö1/5 - a great new way of exploring an ancient text
4.5 - Visual food for the soul!
More on this subject:
Reaction blog by PM Phillips
"Vicky Beeching - a strong Christian twitter advocate
worth a follow at: @vickybeeching !"
"Conrad Gempf at The London School of Theology...
would be awesome if he started tweeting"
Another Darkmatters mini book review:
St George Blood & Martyrs