[ISEA2019] Artist Statement: Lauren McCarthy – Smarter Home

Artist Statement

Interactive installation with projection, custom software, machine learning, and mixed media.

The Smarter Home American Arts Incubator Workshop reimagines smart homes of the future. We all know the feeling of home, of belonging. But some people may not feel this sense of welcome belonging in all public spaces. What if smart architecture could create inclusive spaces for open conversation? In this one month workshop, we explore how art and technology can be used to address the issue of social inclusion. As a group, we make use of machine learning techniques and custom software to create an interactive installation as a prototype of a Smarter Home, trying to bring technology into personal space on our own terms. All together it offers a vision of a smarter home driven by human lived reality, rather than technological utopia.

  • Lauren McCarthy is an artist examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living. She is the creator of p5.js, an open source programming language with over 1.5 million users, for learning creative expression through code online. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. Lauren’s work has been exhibited internationally, at places such as Ars Electronica, Barbican Centre, Fotomuseum Winterthur, SIGGRAPH, Science Gallery Dublin, Seoul Mediacity Bienniale, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. She has received major grants, fellowships, and awards from Creative Capital, Sundance Institute, Mozilla Foundation, Knight Foundation, Google, Eyebeam, amongst others. American Arts Incubator (AAI) is a creative exchange program that utilizes communitydriven digital and new media art projects to instigate dialogue, build  communities, bolster local economies, and further social innovation. AAI sends a U.S.  artist abroad to collaborate with local communities in each exchange country during a month-long incubator. These creative collaborations transfer skills in art, technology, and entrepreneurship. Through digital and new media art workshops, they facilitate dialogue and explorations of the social challenge. American Arts Incubator is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs developed in partnership with ZERO1.  lauren-mccarthy.com