July 2017

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ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? USES AND APPLICATIONS OF CONNECTED OBJECTS

Friday 30 June 2017 to Thursday 13 July 2017.

Exhibition Co-Produced By the City of Enghien-Les-Bains and the Cité Du Design of Saint-Etienne

With the contribution of the UNESCO creative cities of Design:
BEIJING (China) – DETROIT (USA) – DUNDEE (UK) – GRAZ (Austria) – HELSINKI (Finland) – KOBE (Japan) – MONTREAL (Canada) – NAGOYA (Japan) – SAINT-ÉTIENNE (France) – SÉOUL (Republic Of Korea) – SHENZHEN (China)

The venue was La Serrurerie, 6 rue de Mora, Enghien-les-Bains, France. This was the first cultural event to take place in a previously abandoned locksmith’s workshop.

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Curatorial Statement:

“In less than 10 years the terms “connected devices”, “Internet of Things”, “smart things” and “smart cities” have already invaded technophile vocabularies and our collective imaginations, like the beginnings of an El Dorado heralded by the service market. By talking to each other, such objects will be able to help us make decisions, identify needs and organise our lives. By exchanging information via the web, these devices will be programmable and responsive, enslaved to our wellbeing. For better or worse, they promise a sea change in our lifestyles, supporting our habits but also confusing our true needs. The wealth of potential afforded by embedded technology is explored by designers and startups1 to show possible scenarios of future living environments. By 2020 there will be 28 billion connected objects.”

Olivier Peyricot, Designer and Director of the Research department of Cité du design and co-curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition is composed of 2 zones: 1. ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? and 2. WE ARE TALKING TO YOU. These were also organized into 4 themes: 1. In The City (Mobility and Environment), 2. At Home (Domestic Space and Security), 3. Objects, 4. For Our Body (Health and Well-being). Our work was included in the WE ARE TALKING TO YOU zone.

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“Empathy and interactivity: Interactive objects imitate our singularity. They offer to communicate on our behalf with the world around us as we see it: controlling airflow, listening, memory, spatial considerations and creating a kind of empathy between an individual and the wider world, where the smart object mediates through and by means of the imaginary.”

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RBTS 2.0 presents spectators with three appliances: a radio, a mixer, and a toaster. Mobile appliances that behave like robots. Each appliance has its own movement to mark its independence.

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Shaky-cam footage shot during set up:

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Exhibition design is by Isabelle Daëron.

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Whithervanes Open Hardware Kit (WOHK): an early warning system composed of plastic parts in the shape of a headless chicken. The object is connected to the Internet and parses news-feeds looking for predetermined keywords related to fear. the project aims to highlight the extent to which we are affected by data which mostly goes unnoticed by us.

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As ever, our work continues to be a hit with children and inner-children, everywhere.

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The catalog for the exhibition is DATA CITIES. ISBN 978-2-916639-44-4.

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