2016: GOOD LIVING IN MIXED REALITY, Ben Hooker and Shona Kitchen

Summer Research Residents

Faculty Research

Whereas most research on domestic technologies focuses on information interior to the home (e.g. ‘smart home’ systems), or from global sources (e.g. the Internet), this research considers the home as embedded in the surrounding electronic geography of the city – the ‘smart home’ in the ‘smart city’. Particularly, we’re interested in new interpretations of a technological domestic landscape which accommodate a different set of values to what is currently socially acceptable. The aim is to find ways to better address the physical and virtual realities of the fickle multi-faceted lives we lead. How do we engage or disengage with a ceaselessly shifting hybrid environment as we simultaneously yearn for somewhat contradictory experiences which constitute a nourishing urban life? What role do products, media, and architecture play in this?

Lead Researchers: Ben Hooker and Shona Kitchen

Student Research Assistants: Kiana Bahramian, Stephanie Cedeño, Lee Cody, Xing Lv, Godiva Reisenbichler

Alumni Research Associate: Hugo Pilate

With Thanks To: Jena Meeks

Ben Hooker is a designer and artist who works with interactive media in and about urban contexts. His projects, whether conceptual or applied, define new experiences and aesthetic situations which arise from the intermingling of the phenomenal and intangible worlds of physical materiality and electronic data. As daily life contains ever more windows into electronic spaces, and virtual realities increasingly occupy our minds, he investigates how site-specific media technologies can be employed to exploit the play between many realms to enable new kinds of technology-dependent lifestyles. http://ww.benhooker.com

Shona Kitchen is an international, multidisciplinary designer with a passion for technological advancement. She explores current and future technologies through several fields including art, design, interactive design and speculative narrative design proposals. http://www.shonakitchen.com/