A Machine for Living In

One Day (24 hours in 24 minutes), Single Channel Video

This project uses newly available computational and sensing tools to study the home as a site of intimate life. I apply Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s 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 ┬áthe 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.

Installation View
What is it about today’s homes? (model smart home)
Thermal Blanket

Installation (left: 3d scan, right: one day, bottom: floor plan)
Process

Site Survey

Sensing Points
Front Door Sensor
Sensor Logs
Bedroom Flatpanel
Voice Activity Detection
Speech Spectograph