A collaboration with Zoe Padgett
, Marcus Guttenplan
, and Jenny Rodenhouse
78 Domestic Disputes, Don't Tell Susan, Scenes From Firearm Safety Monitors: 0-160 Decibels
attempts to raise questions about the experiential implications of a "smart" city where gunshot sensors are ubiquitous. The video looks into the people at the end of automated network of sensors and computers who listen to varying categories of audio based on decibel range.
Inspired by a recent New York Times article,
we wanted to address the complexity of privacy and safety issues in smart cities by focusing on the people analyzing the sounds of the city in real time.
In this collaborative project with Zoe Padgett
, we were interested in the small, seemingly inconsequential daily exchanges all of us take part in.
Wearable technology enables us to not only quantify these fleeting transactions, but to hold and carry them with us. Perhaps we can feel the weight of a long winded sentence, or refer back to a recent nudge. In this project, we investigated the possibility of making conversations physical and visual experiences.
Through the design of a wearable that signifies when we have a desire to speak, and visualizes the process of expelling our thoughts, we hoped to explore how our communication can be affected by visual awareness and haptic reminders. With a small PC fan, a microphone audio sensor, a light sensor, and an Arduino microcontroller, we created a suit that inflates and deflates with our speech.
By performing brief explorations of different scenarios we were able to experience some of the new social dynamics introduced by the suits. Wearers had to be very mindful of the other person when they themselves had something to say. We added a detachable piece that only allowed the suit to function when attached to the shoulder, thus functioning as a "talking stick" element further mediating the conversations.
A collaborative precursor to Expanded Discourse
, this exploration focused on the increasing trend of quantification and sharing of personal actions and habits through data collection via wearable technology devices. We sought to develop a means of quantifying brief, daily interactions that are not normally considered and through that, we hoped to bring to light how our behaviors could be influenced by a wearable.
The Luster shirt contains an LED that lights when the wearer is touched and remains on for a predetermined amount of time. The LED allows the wearer to visibly display their social interactions and the interactions are collected as "touches" which can later be accessed via a mobile application.
A system of encryption in the era of PRISM and pervasive NSA surveillance.
A family member has become increasingly paranoid and
obsessed with privacy and forces you and your relations to
adopt an encrypted form of communication for all conversations except those in person.
In order to maintain contact and humor your loved one you
must refer to the instructions and use the dictionary he has
provided. You worry what will happen if you refuse; over time you have grown more and more concerned about his well being.
Using the complex existing encryption systems as a starting point, I sought to explore a much slower, more analog method for hiding messages using common objects. After some explorations in smart phone screenshots and color coded systems, the final outcome in this project was focused around a portable dictionary and a familial context. The challenge lies in crafting this system as something that straddles the fine line between functional and merely a critique of modern administrative surveillance.
What happens when domestic surveillance becomes so pervasive that extreme measures need to be taken to hide the most basic communications between family members?
A precursor to California Landscape Portal
In this exercise with point-of-view augmentation I wanted to explore the possibility of a technological reality-augmenting device, akin to Google Glass, that would allow a person to augment their surroundings through simplification. What if instead of adding information to one's sensory experiences, certain details could be removed?
By using an overlay of abstracted illustrations of the surroundings and reducing the sound levels to a low hum, the two scenes show possible scenarios where visual and auditory simplification could be desired.
This Is Not A Knob: Tangible interaction as a means for exploring an information space.
Using only one potentiometer, an Arduino, and the Net Lab Toolkit, I sought to explore the role of outsider participation in the physical alteration of my body. The project became an investigation of the ridiculousness of physical alteration as a method of escaping reality.
By situating the user into the position of power, I also hoped to highlight the critical relationship an outsider's perspective can have on one's own body image.
This project was a way of exploring the structural relationships of information and physical form. I chose to explore urban spatial relationships through the act of applying physical form to collected numerical data about urban park spaces.
Initially examining data on park spaces in total acreage in 50 major urban cities in the U.S., I investigated how those relationships functioned visually with the use of Processing
The resulting information was then broken down into collections of spatial data relationships by city and the resulting built structure illustrates a possibility of what the largest park spaces could look like overlaid on the the Los Angeles landscape.