A Machine for Living In

This projects uses newly available computational and sensing tools to study the home as a site of intimate life. The title invokes Le Corbusier’s modernist framing of the house as a machine to interpret the promise of contemporary smart home technologies. The project has two distinct phases: the construction and inhabitation of a functional smart home system, followed by an exhibition of processed data as a multi-part digital art installation. In a process of joint human-machine authorship, this system produces a complex portrait of the home: as a space of language, intimacy, bodily practice, and quotidian narrative. Compositionally, it contrasts utopian illusions of beautiful, frictionless utility with artistic strategies generating insight into the messy, material realities of the everyday.

Installation View
What is it about today’s homes? (model smart home)
Thermal Blanket
Motion Trails
Thursday Evening, Family Dinner
Installation View
Installation (left: 3d scan, right: one day, bottom: floor plan)
House Scans (5 min single channel video)
Floor Plan
One Complete Day (24 hours in 24 minute single channel video)
Installation View (right side)
Sensor Narrative and Sensing Sites 

This project was exhibited in the Foster Art Gallery at Westminster College in 2017.

Development Images
Sensing Points
Installed Sensor
Sensor Logs
Bedroom Flatpanel
Voice Activity Detection
Speech Spectograph