My work on the culture, history and aesthetics of “waste” developed into an interest in contexts and experiences of remembering and forgetting in a world of excess, surfeit and limitless possible experience (of, if nothing else, virtual content). This was also a further development of some other studies relating to modes of disengagement from the everyday (with travel and gambling as a focus).
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’.
'Surf Life, ou l’excès à l’ère du numérique,' in Techniques & Culture, Vol. 65/66 (2016), pp. 494-501.
Memory: Encounters with the Strange and the Familiar (2013), 220 pp. Translations: Arabic (Kalima, 2017), Croatian (Tim Press, 2015)[Buy: UK & Europe | North & South America] .
‘From Digital Life to Data Trash,’ / 'Dalla vita digitale all'immondizia di dati' (in English and Italian) in Lo Squaderno: Explorations in Space and Society (2013), No. 29, pp. 12-20.
‘Gambling in Mythical Temporality: Ontological Excess and Virtual Reality,’ in International Political Anthropology, Vol. 2:2 (2009), pp. 179-96.
‘Fragments of Time and Memory: Matter, Media and the Modern Auditory World,’ in European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 15 (2011), pp. 19-29.
‘Trafficking,’ in Space and Culture, Vol. 7: 4 (2004), pp. 386-395.