Time: 2 weeks
Tools: People Centered Research, Brainstorming, Physical Prototyping, 3D Printing
Laser Cutting, Video-Prototyping, Storytelling
Team: Gunes Kantaroglu
Task: Healthy Future Living
Faculty: Anders Højmose & Gizem Boyacioglu
Cooperation with ArtRebels/Space 10 and IKEA
SMART is a dynamic art installation that reflects your consumption behaviour towards natural resources such as heat and water and allows you to evaluate and learn from your own data to live a more sustainable life.
Living in developed countries with superior infrastructures and seemingly unlimited access to the ubiquitous things, we tend to forget: resources are not infinite and need to be taken care of. Current smart home solutions for regulating and optimising consumption give little to no information to the user on their behaviour and routine. Although every device in our home is a data touchpoint, hardly any of this is reflected in our living space, where we most need it.
“Smart” takes this data out of the digital world and brings it into our homes to better inform and motivate us. It is not just a delightful and dynamic art installation, but also a companion which responds to our behaviour in real-time. It captures our attention by changing its appearance – a gentle reminder that nature is constantly being influenced by our behaviour.
“Smart” delights us by communicating complex data in a simple, understandable and non-intrusive fashion, allowing us to evaluate our consumption ourselves. A simple colour code mirrors our behaviour and makes us the student, artist and influencer of the installation all at the same time. The unambiguous communication allows us to think and reflect on our behaviour and makes us smile when we get rewarded for good actions.
Current solutions for tracking personal data rely heavily on numbers, graphs and alerts. All of these things are hard to form an emotional relationship with. Moving objects on the other hand are fascinating to people because we ascribe life to them and want to take care of them. Data presented in a tangible and easily understandable way creates intrinsic motivation to change one’s behaviour.
Our homes and the objects in them tell our unique stories – the collection of objects we have in it are carefully chosen and they are part of our daily routine. “Smart” fits into this story and becomes an object of daily routine. Making the homeowner understand their own actions and the impact it has on nature is the first step to improvement and therefore a meaningful change in the way data is being communicated.
In the beginning Gunes and myself held several interviews with young home owners and technologists and got them to draw cognitive maps of their homes and working spaces. We also gave them different future scenarios and asked them to imagine life under different limiting circumstances.
After that we brainstormed on possible design solutions and held a second brainstorming on a small selection of ideas. We started to look for different materials, colors and shapes that could represent an expression of strain on natural resources, followed by several prototypes we shared and discussed with peers, as well as ArtRebels, themselves. Our goal was to find a way to simplify data visualization and make it communicate with the home owner in an easy and understandable way and leave little room for interpretation.
After working very close together on the research, co-creation, brainstorming, prototyping and concept development, we split up for creating a functioning prototype. While my responsibility was to build the whole Physical Prototype, Gunes took care of the Physical Computing. We strongly worked together to tell a story around the object and create a storyline before videotaping a home scenario.