I get a better sense of who I was and how I was feeling at a certain point in time by listening to the playlists I made then. Going back to playlists I made years ago feels like visiting a graveyard—or maybe some sort of disembodied space where the selves I used to be, the selves I wanted to embody are laid to rest.
[In the discussion of trends] An algorithm, or some sort of technological unconscious, can shape people’s life and memory, even without their knowledge. I find that in the accumulation, curation and storage of images, thoughts and ideas—even those belonging to other people—a visual vocabulary tends to take hold. Communities can form around this language, allowing shared identities to transcend digital landscapes.