Here we are…it’s the end of March, and for those who are involved in design, this means just one thing: Milan and Salone del Mobile are almost there.
There will be, as usual, more than a thousand of events scheduled around the city, shoes to consume and a lot of concentration, in order to see as much as possible. In all this chaos of events , we propose an agenda of events dedicated to Casa Jasmina, open source, IoT and the smart objects.
So let’s start with Genuino and Casa Jasmina: Casa Jasmina will present at Atelier Clerici, as host of Joseph Grima, GIT-COMMIT. GIT-COMMIT is an interactive exhibition that attempts to open a dialogue on ideas, expectations and critical issues about the “connected living” of the future. GIT-COMMIT will be present from the 12th to the 17th April, on the main floor of Palazzo Clerici, and consists of a web interface which communicates with four small thermal printers. With GIT-COMMIT visitors will be confronted with four questions on the future home via the web page, and each printer will translate their responses in a continual flow chart. GIT-COMMIT has been developed with Genuino MKR1000, a powerful board that combines Genuino Zero features and Wi-Fi shield to create IoT projects.
Made in collaboration with opendesk, the Londonears collective of open design, GIT-COMMIT will see the participation of students of Interaction design Master of SUPSI Lugano and studio Folder. Studio Folder will run a 2 days workshop for SUPSI’s students to investigate feedback gathered previously from the printers, and will present some graphic representation the 15th April at Atelier Clerici.
In addition to having it’s own space with GIT-COMMIT, Casa Jasmina will be present with The Good Home with small workshop to explore openness and privacy in the design of homes connected and the spatial experiences they offer.
Parasite 2.0 at Palazzo Clerici, will present a conversation about the domestic landscape and the idea of a private space in the era of the “sharing economy”where Casa Jasmina is involved. Carlo Ratti will be present at Triennale with Lift-Bit, a smart home furniture piece that will change the idea of interior design.
These and other events are waiting for us in Milan this year, the impression is that we start to talk about IoT even in the classic design places, that designers are increasingly concerned by what is happening on the domestic scene and that people should be more and more involved to understand needs and expectations.
Last month Casa Jasmina, with the support of Toolbox co-working and Fablab Torino, hosted for the entire February a workshop of School of Ma (School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe). The workshop was run by Sitraka Rakotoniaina and Andrew Friend with a three day participation of Iohanna Nicenboim.
The projects were based on speculative design and the results were presented at Casa Jasmina the 27th of February during our birthday.
But what about the projects? We are presenting in this blog-post two projects based on some speculations on the coming future…
The Empathy Bomber Backpack is a speculative object designed for the extreme activists of a near-future where biological contraband creates a chemical metaphor of the ‘empathy warfare’ that defines our globe today. If today activists use terror to send a blunt and devastating message, the activists of tomorrow have concocted a plan to go straight to the core of their intentions, to enforce genuine understanding through extreme measures. This futuristic Bomber Backpack was designed by Monique Grimord, interactive designer and social prototyper, with a master in Graphic Design from SCAD, and a background in political science. Monique lives in São Paulo, Brazil, where she invents objects for socio-political storytelling, using design fictions as a method of cultural commentary.
The second speculative project is Growing Trash by Matt Visco, a creative technologist whose work focuses on design interactions aimed at exposing the hidden elements of daily life. Matt’s work manifests itself in both digital and physical objects that contain embedded behaviors. Matt holds a degree in computer science from University of Berkeley, California and is currently working as a freelance developer and designer in Oakland, California.
Growing Trash aims to provoke these questions in its user. As the can fills, it grows taller to create more space. This encourages the user to be lazy, space becomes seemingly endless and the need to take out the trash disappears. As the trash can growa, taking out the trash becomes more challenging. The user is forced into a conundrum; either submit to complete laziness and let the trash pile up around the can or take initiative and put in the extra work to take out the trash. This object promotes laziness but due to it’s absurdity generates self-awareness and potentially leads to corrective behavior. Unread Cats takes this concept to the digital realm. When a user opens their gmail they are bombarded by videos of cats based on their amount of unread emails. If a user has only one unread email they only receive one cat video, a pleasant addition to checking mail. As the user gets lazier with reading their emails more cats videos appear. This promotes laziness by overwhelming you with funny yet mindless material for you to digest. The user is incentivized to not check their mail and watch cat videos instead. Again this promotes laziness by encouraging the user to watch these videos but in rendering your mail virtually ineffective over time it also creates a self-awareness.
Both Monique and Matt during the four weeks workshop, used all the Fablab‘s facilities and Genuino‘s boards to create the interaction and give life to their projects.
On the same time, Iohanna Nicenboim came as visiting tutor and was guest of Casa Jasmina. We asked Iohanna her experience as designer and as guest of Casa Jasmina, here the entire interview
- Hi Iohanna! You recently won the Internet of Things People’s Choice Award for the Best Design Fiction Project of 2015/16. Congratulations! Can you tell us about your background and what led you to even becoming interested in the field of IoT?
Hi! Thank you. My background is in Product Design and New Media, so somehow the IoT connects these two. I was always interested in technology, but sometimes found the ‘screen paradigm’ very cold and limited. Thus, researching about Ubiquitous Computing and the IoT was fascinating, as I could finally imagine interactions with technology being part of our everyday life, and especially embedded in the physical world of objects. However, I still think there is a lot of work to do for designers of the IoT: its social aspects are not well explored and there is a gap between user-centered and thing-centered design. Thus, trying to understand this technology’s challenges and possibilities, and especially how we would like to adopt and domesticate it, are my personal interests right now.
- Tell us more about your winning project Objects of Research. What were you hoping to achieve in creating these objects? In the end, did they meet your expectation?
Objects of Research is a critical design project about the IoT. It focuses on the question: ‘WHO is the OBJECT in the Internet of Things?’ With this question, I suggest that we, humans, might not be the customers or the users of the IoT anymore, but rather the objects. This idea is based on the current trends of quantification, as well as the current models of online services, in which we are the producers of data, which is used by companies and governments. Around this ideas, I explored the scenario in which artefacts in the house could not only collect data, but also use us as subjects (or objects?) of their research. Through four fictional devices, I examined the challenges and risks of adopting the current models of the online services, into our future houses. Thus, my goal was to trigger a critical reflection on what kind of Internet we would like to adopt in Things. I think it is important for designers to address the Internet of Things also critically, as that could help us identify and reflect on some of the challenges we might face in adopting this technology. Thus, my aim with this project was to problematize the IoT, and try to break with the current discourses which are extremely positive, preventing us from understanding its social implications.
- You came to Torino to visit with students from School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe. What incite did you share and which did you gain?
I know Rachel Uwa for some years and was following the School of Ma since it started. When she told me the premise for her next program in Turin, I thought it was a great opportunity to join. I felt very connected with the starting point for “Coming Soon” which proposed to explore how we could reflect the subtleties and complexities of our human nature in the devices we create. I especially liked that the program was about IoT, but with a focus on culture and ethics. I was also excited to meet the instructors, Sitraka Rakotoniaina and Andrew Friend, and enjoyed sharing a small part of the program with them. The group was really creative and open, and I loved the atmosphere that Rachel and Casa Jasmina provided. It was so much fun to hear about their process and ideas, it was truly inspiring for me!
- While here, you were hosted by Casa Jasmina. What was that experience like for you?
Living at Casa Jasmina was a very interesting experience for me as a designer, which I would call a “real design fiction” or a “What if? experience .” Since I work in the field of design fiction, I always create making-belive projects, in which I come up with an idea and through videos and images make it credible for others. But being at Casa Jasmina was like embedding myself into the fiction: Every light I turned on, every noise from the heating or move from the wind, made me think, what if things around were connected or alive? How would I like to interact with them? And especially, how would this change my relationship with the house? Additionally, I knew the house was not very technological, but I discovered that exactly that might be its great potential: leaving things open lets us imagine alternative interactions that are very different from the superficial promises of IoT commercials. Instead, the openness allowed me to think how would I like a connected home to be, which is much more important.
- How do you imagine the future of Casa Jasmina? As a designer what do you expect from the project?
I think the real challenge of the IoT is to go beyond connecting artifacts, and rather imagine which new kinds of objects could exist and which new relationships we could have with and through them. One of the most interesting aspects for me about the IoT is that it can radically impact on the way we perceive objects, our houses, and ourselves. Once our houses get connected to the internet, the idea of “home“ might change dramatically. So I think Casa Jasmina is a great way to explore how people might perceive “home” in the future and what could be the impact of this shift for the design of IoT. Personally, I think it is a great playground for designers, a place to imagine and explore questions in a very free way.
- At some point, you shared an idea for how the Casa Jasmina space could be divided which was quite interesting. What came of this idea in the end? You will come later, in the summer, for a residency in Casa Jasmina to develop this project. What do you expect from this experience?
Yes, the plan is to come back in the summer to work on an idea I had while I was staying at the house. The idea is based on my experience that there were spaces which seemed more private than others. Some places might like to share informations and some others might need to keep secrets.. as in every house. So my challenge is to reflect the privacy of spaces with design, finding an interesting design language. I want to explore Privacy not as a dichotomy, but as a more complex gradient of personal values. I would like to start this exploration on door-knobs, as I am really interested in the infrastructural elements of the house. I like the tension between the visibility and invisibility of the infrastructures in connected houses, and I think that by drawing attention to the physical infrastructures, people could be more aware of the invisible infrastructures of spaces we inhabit, such as networks.
- Could you tell to a designer and a normal guest the reason to come and visit Casa Jasmina?
Reasons are many, but among them: to meet the amazing team of Casa Jasmina, to enjoy a nice meal and relax in the bright and beautiful space they have, and to travel in time once you go out of the door: Turin is a magical city where time has stopped, and the future is coming soon 😉 What advice would you give to others thinking to visit Casa Jasmina to help them best utilize their time in the space? Personally, I think it’s good to be there and let the house talk to you. In the Fablab you can build everything, but I think it would be important to understand what are the needs and possibilities of that particular space. My recommendations are: Be ready to be surprised, and to challenge your assumptions of what a Smart Home should be – instead, you can imagine what kind of smart home you would like it to be. I think it would be good to do a short (research) visit and then come back and build your project!
- What are your upcoming plans? Any new IoT objects on the horizon or what’s next for you?
Right now I am developing some new ideas, which I will show in Milan in the Salone del Mobile as part of the Good Home project. I am also planning a workshop in Berlin around March at Art+Com Explore, and extremely excited about going back to Casa Jasmina in the summer for a residency.
Casa Jasmina is already in orbit waiting for its special guests.
This is the eleventh consecutive year for the Italian electronic art fair SHARE FESTIVAL. SHARE FESTIVAL is a cross-disciplinary platform for the promotion of contemporary art and culture in all its creative forms.
The headquarter of the 2016 edition of SHARE FESTIVAL will be Casa Jasmina, the perfect place for SHARE that has moved directly into the means of production for Italian digital art and crafts.
Hosted in the post-industrial building that Casa Jasmina shares with Fablab Torino and Officine Arduino, this year edition sounds great with the theme “House guests”. SHARE will take place in May and immediately followed by the Torino Mini Maker Fair with its lively burst of digital.
With a ten days exhibition, Share Festival will show in May the six artworks chosen by its jury from around the world, exhibited at Fablab Torino and Casa Jasmina spaces.
Casa Jasmina will also host a special show of artworks chosen from SeditionArt.com. SeditionArt is a new commercial gallery for code art and media art, where screen display rights to limited-edition electronic works can be privately collected, purchased, and traded online.
For this edition SHARE decided to invite as jury members two special guests: Cap. Samantha Cristoforetti and Paola Antonelli
Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is an European Space Agency astronaut, engineer and design enthusiast. Paola Antonelli, born in Sardegna, is the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design as well as the Director of R&D at MoMA New York. Paola Antonelli was responsible for adding video games, the Arduino control board and innovative 3DPrinted objects to the NY MoMA’s permanent design collection.
The jury is completed by Chiara Garibaldi, the SHARE Festival director, Jasmina Tesanovic, widely known as “the Jasmina of Casa Jasmina,” and American author Bruce Sterling, curator of the event.
For the meeting of the jury the 4th March a public appearance of Samantha Cristoforetti and Paola Antonelli is scheduled. Around 17:30 pm they will show up for a public talk at Toolbox coworking.
We have few free places to attende the talk the 4th of March, we will open this Eventbrite link at 12:00 the 2nd of March. Please follow the link and be sure to reserve you place.
If you can’t reserve it come to join us, it will be a room 42 m from the live room, where we will follow all together the talk.
See you the 4th of March!!
Last night from 6:30 pm Turin GMT (we love Turin), Casa Jasmina organized a Meetup at Toolbox’s entrance hall, to reflect and talk about the state of art of connected devices and design fiction.
What exactly is coming soon? This was the main question of the panel.
The first speaker was Regine Debatty, editor of the famous blog “we make money not art”. She talked about the “Geological materiality of the Internet of Things”.
Ranging from the extraction of minerals to the production of artifacts, from the mass distribution to Amazon’s workers conditions; how Pink Floyd should say, she highlighted the dark side of the IoT, reflecting about who finally is the machine. Humans or things?
Same questions but from consumers’s point of view for the presentation of Iohanna Nicenboim, whose projects are in this moment at Casa Jasmina.
Iohanna, who won this year the IoT Awards as Best design fiction objects, on her projects reflects on: “what are the implications of giving objects more power?”
They presented their design fiction projects, based on interaction between reality and imagination, increasing the experience and underlining the power of creativity.
The Meetup ended with some questions on the aesthetics of new devices and their future potentialities.
This was the second Meetup organized by Casa Jasmina and with many participants was the second in a long series.
This is the link to watch the video.
The Academy awards night is coming and is a perfect moment to be nominated and to win a prize. Casa Jasmina (without any golden statuette) won its prize yesterday: the Internet of Things Awards as best IoT open source project chosen by the editors.
The Open Source award “honors projects that bring those values to the Internet of Things, either by incorporating open source technology or by making public the details of their own designs and software”, this is the idea of the IoT awards organization in which Casa Jasmina completely believes.
The open source movement is for Arduino and consequently for Casa Jasmina, the core of internet in terms of hardware, software and protocols that compose the global communication infrastructure, and in this way the power of collaborative development is the main focus of Casa Jasmina idea.
As a futuristic Wunderkammer, Casa Jasmina will collect and share artificialia to present in a open way system what and how the IoT concepts will change the daily home life.
Winning this competition is for Casa Jasmina the acknowledgement of a project that take on to transform into reality a series of reflections around IoT and open source. Casa Jasmina is really proud to have been selected between 21 projects, because this represent the attention we are trying to attract.
There is still a lot of work, Casa Jasmina is working hard to reach the goal; it’s not simple but awards like this give hope to the project, and show the interest that exists on these issues.
So thank you all
As part of the School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe’s four-week ‘Coming Soon’ program being held in collaboration with Officine Arduino, Casa Jasmina, and FabLab Torino, an informal panel and open discussion will take place at Casa Jasmina.
We will discuss about: speculative futures, connected devices and realizing designed fictions.
Special guests include Regine Debatty, curator, critic, and blogger of the illustrious website We Make Money Not Art, and Berlin-based designer and researcher, Iohanna Nicenboim, whose focus is on creating meaningful interactions with emerging technologies.
Leading the discussion will be the instructors of the ‘Coming Soon’ program, Andrew Friend and Sitraka Rakotoniaina, a London-based collaborative duo specialised in designing objects, artefacts and devices as a form of storytelling to question and excite. Together they exam relationships between the known and unknown, the real and imagined in the individual quest to harness the sublime.
About our guests
We are really happy that Cristina Zilio worked with Casa Jasmina for her graduation project!
With the goal of narrating the all Casa Jasmina project, she designed 5 posters explaining key aspects of 5 emblematic projects hosted inside Casa Jasmina.
One poster is about the smart Thermostat, another one tell a story about the night lamp by Alessandra Deschamps-Sonsino.
Then there is a poster about the ethical fan by Simone Rebaudengo and Matthieu Cherubini, one about the Opendesk table ad the last one about the kitchen.
One of the poster has been silk-printed with the precious help of the PrintClub.
All the posters will be hang and showed up on Casa Jasmina.
Check them out!
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