My research specialism is in representations of the digital in contemporary American literature and culture. I am currently working toward my first book which explores the idea of a ‘seam-ful’ contemporary culture, looking at texts that push against the image of the digital as immaterial and seamless, and instead suggest the current era is one of complex ties and resistant material manifestations of technology.
I am also working on a project that considers the way digital metaphors often suggest that digital technology enables us to occupy two places at once; I am thinking about how windows, frames, holograms and interfaces permeate images of the digital in recent literature and art.
Authors and artists whose work I am interested in include: Cory Arcangel, Don DeLillo, EL Doctorow, Jennifer Egan, David Fincher, Jonathan Lethem, Eva and Franco Mattes, Takeshi Murata, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, and Gary Shteyngart.
In addition to my own research I am working collaboratively with colleagues at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Concordia University, Montreal, on an evolving investigation into digital culture, taking specific topics as provocations for presentations and articles. Themes we have worked on so far include digital figures, the future anterior in digital culture, and digital exaptation. We have presented at ASAP4 (2012) at the Royal College of Art, The International Conference on Narrative (2013) at Manchester Metropolitan University, and will be presenting as part of the New Media Caucus at the College Art Association annual convention (2014), Chicago. We have published a special issue of the open access journal Alluvium on ‘digital metaphors’; and have an article for Media-N journal forthcoming (summer 2014).