Surf Life is term that attempts to describe some of the characteristics of the experiential dimension of what is a new immersive ‘ecology’ of remembering and forgetting, and whose forms and habits emerge through the ways that we come to live through a succession of present moments mediated by the combination of ‘always-on’ networks with objects and technologies that are designed to ensure we experience a harmonious sense of belonging within this new kind of environment, this ‘home’, in which we find ourselves.
Is living in such a present sustainable? The language of environmental sustainability strongly suggests the need for a kind of future consciousness that relates our actions today to their likely consequences. What impact, then, might our designed, networked and immersive lives today have on the future?
It is crucial to understand new technology and its impact on experience within the context of time. As a conduit between the past, present and future new technologies duplicate, amass and make available evermore content and data in ways that become entwined with everyday habits. From the many smart surfaces that now proliferate in everyday life, to the kind of ecstasy (from Greek, ek-stasis; ‘to stand outside oneself’) or ‘surfacing’ that a world of limitless content makes available, what we find ourselves in is a new ecology of remembering and forgetting. It creates a new space of aesthetic experience. I describe this phenomenon as ‘Surflife’.
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