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McCarthy attempts to become a human version of Amazon Alexa, a smart home intelligence for people in their own homes. The performance lasts several days. It begins with an installation of a series of custom-designed networked smart devices (including cameras, microphones, switches, door locks, faucets, and other electronic devices) in someone’s residence. She then remotely watches over the person 24/7 and controls all aspects of their home. She aims at being better than an AI because as a person, she can understand the resident and anticipate their needs. The relationship that emerges falls in the ambiguous space between human-machine and human-human.

LAUREN is a meditation on the smart home, the tensions between intimacy vs privacy, convenience vs agency it presents, and the role of human labor in the future of automation.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

LAUREN

 

McCarthy attempts to become a human version of Amazon Alexa, a smart home intelligence for people in their own homes. The performance lasts several days. It begins with an installation of a series of custom-designed networked smart devices (including cameras, microphones, switches, door locks, faucets, and other electronic devices) in someone’s residence. She then remotely watches over the person 24/7 and controls all aspects of their home. She aims at being better than an AI because as a person, she can understand the resident and anticipate their needs. The relationship that emerges falls in the ambiguous space between human-machine and human-human.

LAUREN is a meditation on the smart home, the tensions between intimacy vs privacy, convenience vs agency it presents, and the role of human labor in the future of automation.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

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