Co-Reading as a Generative Ontology

  • Simon Biggs University of South Australia


This paper discusses the immersive full body motion tracking installation Dark Matter, developed by the author and completed in early 2016. The paper outlines the conceptual focus of the project, including the use of the metaphor of dark matter to explore questions around interactive systems and assemblage. The primary technical considerations involved in the project are also outlined. ‘Co-reading' is proposed as a framework for a generative ontology, within the context of assemblage theory, deployed within a multimodal multi-agent interactive system.


co-reading, generative ontologies, dark matter, hidden information, interaction, assemblage

  • Abstract viewed = 167 times
  • PDF viewed = 60 times
  • HTML viewed = 26 times


Download data is not yet available.


BIGGS, Simon, Sue Hawksley, and Garth Paine (2014). “Crosstalk: Making People in Interactive Spaces.” Proceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Movement and Computing, Paris, France. 5 May 2017. doi: 10.1145/2617995.2618006

BURROUGHS, William (2003). “Introduction to The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin.” New Media Reader. Eds. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

DAVIS, Douglas (2000). From the artist’s statement accompanying documentation of the online artwork. New York: Whitney Museum. 6 Feb 2016.

DELANDA, Manuel (2006). A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity. New York, NY: Continuum.

DELEUZE, Gilles (1994). Difference and Repetition. Trans. Paul Patton. New York: Columbia.

FERRIS, Timothy (2015). “Dark Matter: A First Glimpse of the Hidden Cosmos.” National Geographic, January 2015. 15 Dec 2015.

FREUD, Sigmund (1933). New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. London: Hogarth Press.

HONIGSBERG, Peter Jan (2009). Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror. Berke-ley: University of California Press.

KLINGNER, Janette K, and Sharon Vaughn (1998). “Using Collaborative Strategic Reading.” Reading Rockets. 5 May 2017.

MoMA online Learning website (2016). 18 Jan 2016.

ŽIŽEK, Slavoj (2005). “The Empty Wheelbarrow.” The Guardian, February 19.,3604,1417982,00.html
How to Cite
BIGGS, Simon. Co-Reading as a Generative Ontology. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 3, p. 151-163, aug. 2018. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2019.