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Symposium ’23 Participants

Bronac Ferran is a writer and curator specialising in postwar text-based practices. She completed her doctoral thesis at Birkbeck earlier this year focussing on how digital and non-linear tendencies first found form in print, typographic experimentation and 1960s poem-machines., more at:>

Christopher Gutteridge – Hi, I’m Chris. I was introduced to Frode at Southampton due to a long term interest in how to use computers to make things better. I’ve got a history in open access research publishing and open data. I work as research IT support at the University of Southampton. In my spare time I build tools to turn real world maps into Minecraft. I’m very tall and currently have green/blue fingernails. (sorry, now attending remotely due to rail strikes)

Jeremy Taylor (@refset) – Hi, new to the community but have been following for a long time. These days I work on database tech (see having descended through the software stack after originally seeking better tools for building collaborative knowledge management systems (using Clojure etc.). My ‘vision’ is centered on the importance of planning, goal-orientation and communicating in the context of future timelines.

Livia Polanyi ( I am a theoretical linguist who has been working for(ever) on the structure of language above the sentence. My earliest work which led to the book 

Telling the American Story outlined the linguistic, interactional and cultural constraints on conversational storytelling. Later work, known as The Linguistic Discourse Model focussed on the structure of discourse itself .As a researcher and poet, text has never been far from my mind. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Future of Text community.

Leon van Kammen I’m an audiovisual prototyper and researcher from Europe, currently based in Budapest.

He is currently working on XR Fragments, in which he strives to bridge his diverse experiences from the worlds of audiovisual productions, programming, and the web, currently working on a spatial 4D URL spec at

David De Roure I’m Academic Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Oxford, with a very interdisciplinary background ranging from hypertext, internet, Web Science to digital social research and digital humanities. Since the 1980s I’ve been a researcher and practitioner in music, hypertext and AI. Here is a 3 minute video I made for FoT 2020 – a walking tour of Oxford generated from text fragments and narrated by Alexa. Links:  Oxford   RNCM  Turing

PS I used to work on “Open Hypermedia” before the Web (see Microcosm).

Jonathan Finn OBE Hi – I’m a software developer/inventor of several AI creative applications: Sibelius (music notation/composing), strategic games (e.g. a poker AI with a semantic interface), and recently a high-level text editor, MindsEye. The latter has expanded into a ‘semantic UI’ for a mobile device or computer, using a text/graphics mix suited to the age of AI. Very much a work in progress…

Mark Anderson.  Hypertext researcher, primary interests: Tools for Thought, sustaining knowledge in hypertext/media, metadata, hypertext. Visiting Fellow at Southampton University post PhD in Web Science (under Dave Millard (qv) and Les Carr). Active in FoText since 2016, and Tinderbox community since 2004, been working primarily online since the late 90s. Contributory experience; 25+ working with data/metadata as a ‘information emergency plumber’ connecting unconnected things. Also involved in ongoing efforts to save early hypertext systems to allow them to still be seen working today. Most easily found via email ( or

The presentation Dave and I gave was re our Hypertext 2023 paper “Seven Hypertexts”. Currently free access at DL.ACM (proceedings, PDF). All 205 references from the paper as BibTeX (bib file via Dropbox), to aid reference easy re-use..

David Millard. ( Prof of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. Working with hypertext technology for 25 years, originally in the area of Open Hypermedia Systems and Adaptive Hypertext, and more recently research digital storytelling – in particular interactive digital narratives in the context of mixed reality systems. >> Today: Seven Hypertexts

Amy Spencer ( Postdoctoral researcher at Bath Spa University. Currently working as part of MyWorld, which explores creative tech in the South West of the UK. As part of this, I am interested in how writers use technology in their practice and the future of AI in the publishing industry. 

Nayana Prakash ( DPhil/PhD researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute/University of Oxford, studying digital storytelling in India across various forms. Interested in: orality/oral storytelling, “low-tech” digital storytelling, communities of practice. (Presentation on orality and the Internet)

Kevin Bönisch ( Born January 1998, currently studying Computer Science at the Goethe University, Germany (Master’s Degree). I’ve been working as a .NET Fullstack Software Developer for the past 4,5 years to finance my studying. Lately, I’ve been into Natural Language Processing and VR – training large language models and handling large amounts of data and I’m always working on side projects, which you can find on my GitHub.

Keith Martin. I’ve been exploring hypermedia tools and concepts since HyperCard was bundled with every Mac. My background is in print production, software development, graphic design, writing, immersive media creation, teaching, and debating these things with Frode. I work across the field of media creation and production. I was MacUser magazine’s Technical Editor for many years, and I recently designed and wrote content for an immersive media production reference web site for Meta. These days I split my focus between creating immersive 360 photography & video and teaching interaction design students. More is at and

Keiichi Matsuda( / @keiichiban on twitter)

Designer and filmmaker / founder Liquid City.

Presenting some films! Have a look here.

Latest film ‘Agents’ –

Fabien Benetou, on Mastodon, @utopiah on X, WebXR prototypist at the European Parliament innovation lab. Presenting on The “Edit” button to edit not just text as content but the editor itself, the OS it’s running, the computer it’s running on …and the table it’s sitting on, etc, etc! It’s editing all the way down.

Theresa Berg ( I’m studying Computer Science at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. I’m interested in Critical Computer Science and developing open source tools to consume news in an alternative way. Lately, I have been working on NiTS a tool that geolocate events on a 3D globe in VR. 

Sam Brooker Hey folks, I’m a Senior Lecturer at London College of Communications. I specialise in digital communication and in my research explore the relationship between digital technologies and theories of literature and culture. My presentation is here: 

Matthias Müller-Prove (a smile and a bunch of social profiles here) Hypertext pioneer (Adobe GoLive Cyberstudio) and software archeologiest –– open source software design ( –– interaction designerspeaker and lecturer (social media trends, branded interactions) — time traveler on old maps and books (Chrono Research Lab > Chronoscope World)

Brandel Zachernuk I work on the proposal and development of spatial standards for the Worldwide web (webXR, 3D models etc) and develop prototype applications of such potential standards. Philosophically, I am fascinated by technological and sociological origins of writing and its impacts, the implications of Embodied cognition and the Extended Mind Thesis (EMT), and try to drag them all into any discussion of how this stuff works! All my identities are at

Danylo Sokol | I’m new to this community. I graduated from the Technical University of Kosice in Computer Science and I am currently working as a frontend developer. My bachelor thesis was related to text (automatic summarisation of work progress reports), so I am interested in how XR and AI can change the way we work in the future. 

Rob Swigart Words that matter | wikipedia on Rob 

Jeremy Helm Published in The Future of Text: A 2020 Vision,
Structured Listening: Technological design to help humanize humanity