I’m excited to announce that, come September, I’ll start as a PhD student at Queen Mary, University of London. I’ll be investigating the effects and efficacy of novel technology-enhanced human communication methods over the internet and other networks.
The longer I contemplate this opportunity, the more I realise it’s the direction I’ve been heading since I was 10 years-old. From making internet friends over instant messaging apps, web forums and chat rooms, to exploring emerging communication methods and web trends (hello Chat Roulette), to my recent Emojikken project in Japan.
Most of my projects and action have been about technologically-mediated communication between humans – either closing the space between us via technology or exploring realms of communication and relationships that couldn’t have existed without the internet.
I’m so excited to explore this formally and to be able to better contextualise my work in rigorous study. After all, as Friedrich von Schlegel once said, “every art should become science, and every science should become art.”