I attempt to become a human version of Amazon Alexa, a smart home intelligence for people in their own homes. The performance lasts up to a week. It begins with an installation of a series of custom designed networked smart devices (including cameras, microphones, switches, door locks, faucets, and other electronic devices). I then remotely watch over the person 24/7 and control all aspects of their home. I aim to be better than an AI because I can understand them as a person and anticipate their needs. The relationship that emerges falls in the ambiguous space between human-machine and human-human.
LAUREN is a meditation on the smart home, the tensions between intimacy vs privacy, convenience vs agency they present, and the role of human labor in the future of automation.
Feeling at Home: Between Human and AI (Immerse)
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LAUREN Testimonials film and 360 photography by David Leonard. This project was supported in part by Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Lab Programs, with a grant from Turner Broadcasting, and UCLA. Exhibition view at Haus der elektronischen Künste, 2019, Photo: Franz Wamhof. Exhibition view at Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2020, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Copyright Frankfurter KunstvereinPhoto: Mareike Tocha, Exhibition view at “House of Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm”, HMKV at Dortmunder U.