I collaborated with Klasien Van de Zandschulp to create the installation Hey Honey - if she can only cook as well as algorithms can process; a speculative kitchen scene with three objects communicating via ultrasound, inaudible for the human ear. By turning the frequency-knob you can eavesdrop on their conversation.
The project is a parody on the women unfriendly advertisement used for the Honeywell Kitchen computer, with the headline: If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute.
The installation is a visual and tactile result of a research done by Klasien van de Zandschulp wich focuses on the automation of the home, in particular the kitchen, which has always been the playing field for functional design and innovation in home-devices. Like the Frankfürter Kitchen (Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, 1926), designed to be highly functional and low budget for social housing, or the Honeywell Kitchen Computer (1969), the first computer advertised to be used inside our homes. Today all sorts of smart devices are slowly but gradually taking control of our households. These devices are designed as highly functional in a networked environment, where they communicate with each other, making decisions based on analytics and consumer behaviour. How do these devices converse and are we part of the conversation?