[Lecture] Living With Commodities

I presented at Being With…: Affinities, Attachments, Assemblages, hosted by IKKM Weimar, Germany, in April this year. The paper is in progress, but the first few minutes of the presentation is available here in text form.

Next time I do this, I’m getting a haircut.

Other lectures from the conference can be found here.



I am a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

My current research involves the ‘infra-phenomenal’ in digital life. The way we experience digital interfaces and platforms is distinct from the developers or analysts’ specifications of them, and also from society’s own discourse about how such media reportedly work. This phenomenological dimension is strongly modulated by the affordances and obligations digital objects levy upon our perception, attention and habit. All this feeds into internalised impressions and conceptualisations of the digital world – folk understandings of trust and risk, transparency and privacy, connectivity and creativity.

Specifically, current projects include (1) everyday discourse and how communication relies on ‘uncertain’ and semantically negative techniques; (2) the ability of objects to levy ‘obligations’ on their environments and subjects; (3)how crowdfunding participants navigate conceptualisations of trust and risk. I draw on writers including Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Pierre Bourdieu and Slavoj Žižek.