Dr Johnson’s Garret

Interactive Work-table and Escritoire is a work by Jason Cleverly, which was originally commissioned for the exhibition “The House of Words” (June-August 2009) at Dr Johnson’s House celebrating the 300th anniversary of Dr Johnson’s birthday. Dr Johnson is famous for writing one of the most influential dictionaries in the history of English language, published in 1755

Developed in collaboration with Tim Shear, learning technologist from AIR, and software developers from Celtic Internet, with additional support from Autonomatic, research in 3D Digital Production at Falmouth University.

The installation recreates Dr Johnson’s writing table and updates it with interactive and networked technology. Visitors are invited to participate in compiling a modern version of the dictionary by inputting word entries onto paper using a special digital pen. Entries are then uploaded to this website which can be viewed via Internet.