This project seeks to reveal the myriad of space-bound practices, materials, large-scale infrastructures and technologies lying behind the seemingly immaterial flow of digital contents. In so doing, the project aims to counter the dominant understanding of the digital as an immaterial and de-territorialized virtual space in which material constraints, localized practices, and spatial boundaries are minimized or simply become irrelevant. By revealing the material and spatial dimensions of digital ecologies, this project aims to show how the digital cannot be simply explored as a simple process of dematerialization or virtualization of culture, but needs also to be understood as a process that involves a major reorganization of the material infrastructures and power of contemporary social life.
Deptartment of Communication, UC San Diego
Related Publications :
(In preparation) Domínguez Rubio, F & Wharton, G. "Fragile digital memories"