A Machine for Living In

This project uses newly available computational and sensing tools to study the home as a site of intimate life. I apply Corbusier’s modernist framing of the home as a machine for living to interpret the promises of contemporary smart home technologies. Machine observers monitor inhabitants; wireless sensors track concrete physical interactions: doors opening, cups and bowls in use, showers taken. Through sensor fusion and machine learning  the house becomes an observing instrument. The product is a multilayered, interactive digital media installation representing the home as a complex space of language, image, narrative, and bodily habit. I contrast utopian illusions of beautiful, frictionless utility with artistic strategies that generate personal insight into the messy, material realities of the everyday.

Exhibition at Foster Art Gallery, Westminster College
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