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