German artist Maria Fisher has put out a remarkable work entitled “Traumgedanken” or “thoughts on dreams” that uses the familiar underlining we’re so used to seeing on the internet, but made of thread stitched onto the page. The color coded threads tie together key words in the text, presumably creating subtexts within the text itself. There are even pages folded inward so that only the threads, and not the words, are visible.
Far from being an attempt to update print media, it’s more of a tongue-in-cheek hybrid that seeks to express more about dreams than the text could alone. From Fisher’s website:
To ease the access to the elusive topic, the book is designed as a model of a dream about dreaming. Analogue to a dream, where pieces of reality are assembled to build a story, it brings different text excerpts together. They are connected by threads which tie in with certain key words. The threads visualise the confusion and fragileness of dreams.
If only a webpage was this elegant.