Smart Home and art have so much in common.
24.04.2019 | Amir Humanfar
"How can the Internet become poetic?"
Smart Home and Art? At first it sounds like two worlds which do not have a lot in common: Artist and IT engineer Christophe Porterie proves the opposite in a cooperation with smart home manufacturer Livy.
“How can the Internet become poetic?”
With his art series eMotion, the French artist demonstrates a series of interactive artworks that are connected to the Internet via built-in micro-controllers. This allows the form of his works to be changed from anywhere in the world via The Web.
The main motif is his "Little Human", which pays homage to modern civilization. In his artworks, the motifs are cut into geometric shapes and can be set in motion by gear wheels hidden from view.
"With cutting this 'Little Human' up into pieces and letting him dismantle and rebuild himself, the idea of personality is to be demonstrated. Our personality also has cycles in life. Sometimes we feel good and strong and sometimes we feel totally chaotic. That's exactly what the artwork is supposed to symbolize," explains artist Christophe Porterie.
Inspired by the community function of the Livy Protect
The smart security solution from Livy Protect offers the possibility to quickly and easily organize yourself with the community via the Livy App in case of an alarm. Users are therefore always closely connected with their residents, family members and neighbours in the event of an alarm and experience security in a completely new context. Inspired by the community function of the Livy Protect’s smart alarm system, Christophe Porterie has created a work of art based on his “Little Human” that represents the connection of two Little Humans and can be set in motion via a QR code. The artwork is currently in the Vattenfall Flagship Store in Berlin. In this video, he explains how the collaboration came about and what the artist himself has to say about it:
About Livy Protect
With the smart security system Livy Protect the company HUM Systems GmbH from Berlin presents an all-in-one solution. The plug-in system consisting of a photoelectric smoke detector and a smart ring can detect smoke as well as toxic carbon monoxide. In addition, when the Smart Ring’s motion sensor is absent, the Livy App can be used to activate the Smart Ring’s motion sensor to report break-ins. Livy’s security concept is based on a social principle. This means that in the event of an alarm, all residents, family members, friends and neighbours are automatically notified on their smartphone so that they can react as quickly as possible.