Videos of Things

My research interests include long term relationships with and mediated qualities of computational artefacts. As these aspects are often hard to grasp and communicate, I grew interested in the potential for video to articulate the nuanced, temporal and subtle dynamics that make up these technological mediations. 

I made three videos for speculative design artefacts; the Table-non-table,  a slowly moving stack of paper supported by a motorized aluminum chassis; the Tilting Bowl,  a ceramic bowl that tilts three to four times each day and Lyssna, a hearing aid on your refrigerator.

Everyday Design Studio, SIAT SFU, 2016

08/08/2016, Vancouver

“Vancouver, 2016” pictures elements of everyday life. It features the Table-non-table. The goal of the video was to leverage post-functionality in envisioning everyday life. “Vancouver, 2016” follows a morning routine of things in the house. The video moves through different areas in the house and through movement and sound pictures natural elements, human actions, automated objects, inanimate objects and hybrids. It starts in the bedroom, moves on to the bathroom, kitchen, hallway and lastly, the living room with the table-non-table.

Vincent & Vincent

“Vincent & Vincent” was made to explore the nuances of how the Tilting Bowl becomes a part of everyday life. The narrative follows two Vincents as they get accustomed to their new living situation, which includes a tilting bowl. By accustoming to his new living situation, Vincent gets confronted with his own habits, portrayed through two sides of him. The video is perceived from the perspective of the bowl: the viewer sees little intervals of the everyday situations in the home that end with the sound of the bowl and a tilt of the shot. 

The other half

“The other half” features Lyssna and was made to support how Lyssna could co-shape more sustainable future practices. The narrative follows Anna, an organized girl who carefully plans each meal, but ends up with leftovers. The viewer is first introduced to Anna through some of her daily activities. The video continues to portray Anna’s everyday food practices.  The refrigerator slowly fills up with a half-used eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini. At the same time, Onno has been texting Anna to arrange a date, but Anna is too busy. One day, Onno surprises Anna by spontaneously showing up for a dinner date. Anna is shy at first, worrying that she is not well prepared for this unexpected guest. But then she remembers Lyssna and the video briefly portrays Anna using Lyssna.  Through the inspiration it offers on the combination of leftovers in her fridge, Anna and Onno improvise a meal.