Twitter Fiction by Anna Short
This work explores and celebrates aspects of the book that cannot be experienced in a digital format - its physical form as a unique object that can the reader interacts with. To highlight the contrast of interacting with a non-digital book, I have reclaimed content that has been created specifically for a digital medium, and presented it to be appreciated for much longer than the few seconds it would have originally been considered for.
“Twitter fiction” or “flash fiction” refers to a Tweet that aims to be a whole story written as less than 140 characters and published via Twitter. They are usually only a few short sentences long, using evocative language to express a scene or story that leaves the plot details a mystery to the imagination of the reader.
My Tweet appears as a maze book that must be untied, unfolded, laid out on a surface and solved like a puzzle before the text can be read. In this way, it responds to the idea that the physical act of reading a book is an enjoyable, special experience.