LIVE-ISH is a digital publication of design research that explores how livestreaming media has crafted an emergent “livestyle;” a way of living within the world that has become increasingly influenced by our 24/7 screen-based interfaces. Developed as a media category in the 1990s, the term “lifestyle” was popularized by Martha Stewart books, magazines, tv shows, recipes, home decor, fashion, advice… Today we purchase “experiences”: all-encompassing 24/7 events (and everything within it) that are initiated by the screen. Experiences that are found, activated, watched, played, shared, tracked, favorited, followed, friended, and designed by “user experience” (UX) designers. Started in Media Design Practices at ArtCenter College of Design, this digital publication documents one year of design investigations into our emerging, never-ending, unedited, entertaining, on camera, experience-obsessed “livestyles.” Our work includes a selection of our livestreaming projects: games-shows-exhibitions-bodies-events.
MEDIA DESIGN PRACTICES ArtCenter College of Design FACULTY RESEARCHERS Ben Hooker and Jenny Rodenhouse GUEST ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, DIRECTORS Matt Adams, Jess Frucht, Cyrus Ghahremani, Rachel Kinnard, Sam Rolfes DESIGN RESEARCHERS Amor Bizarro, David J. Chan, Maxwell Chen, Adit Dhanushkodi, Keisuke Kuniyoshi, Miranda Jin, Jarret Lin, Nidhi Singh, Tongxin Sun WITH DESIGNERS Harsh Agarwal, Constantin Chopin, Pallavi Gautam, Karina J. Hernández, Lizzie Klein, Georgia Siapno, Evan Stalker WEBSITE DESIGNERS Ben Hooker, Jenny Rodenhouse, Georgia Siapno, Leo Yang CUCUMBER KOOL-AID ESSAY Jenny Rodenhouse EDITOR Katy Portier
TERRESTRIAL TALES: 100+ TAKES ON EARTH (2019)
A multi-channel video installation and exhibition
Exhibited: ETH Zurich, Main Hall
Exhibited: ETH Zurich, Main Hall
Simulation of exhibition (excerpt)
Event Organizer and Graphic Designer
LIVE STREAM (2018)
Furniture and simulation
Materials: webcam, curved gaming screen, gaming PC, mineral oil, pond pump, water simulation by R.A.M - River Auto Material, photogrammetry scan of Sturtevant Falls, waterfall spillway, rocks, acrylic computer case, monitor mount, containers. 6ft x 4ft x 3ft
In Collaboration: Benjamin Borden
Thank you: Ben Hooker and Filip Kostic
Featured: Curate LA
Exhibited at: Roger’s Office, Crtl+Z, December 1st- January 1st, Group Show / Sp[a]ce Gallery, Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR, October 12-28th, Group Show
Live streaming interfaces, streaming web cams, photogrammetry scans of wild streams, domesticated stream decor, stream computer simulations, computer cooling streams.
Opulent augmented, virtual, and live streaming interfaces have redecorated our interior spaces. Live Stream explores how these immersive scenes and digital infrastructures can embed themselves within everyday domestic fixtures and in-home aesthetics. The fountain plays only when the physical fountain is running, keeping itself in an endless streaming loop.
THE LOGISTICAL BAROQUE (2019, 2016)
In collaboration Ben Hooker, with Tim Durfee
Performative Computation at Navel Gallery, 2019 / Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, 2016
“My house, my rules, my pleasure” — said Donatella Versace, or an algorithm.
Automated fulfillment centers, monthly furniture subscription services, short-term apartment stays, and personalized fast fashion, The Logistical Baroque is a video that examines the opulence of algorithmic consumerism and delivery urbanism. Anything can be shipped and everything arrives on time.
Created with Simio, a professional logistic simulation software that is used to plan large scale manufacturing, transportation, and supply chain systems, The Logistical Baroque exposes current realities and simulates alternative optimization scenarios.
Collapsing backstage assembly with front of stage arrangements, the video imagines a city that is continuously constructed and deconstructed. Offering discovery remixes and auto suggested interiors, rooms are instantly organized upon arrival, combining conveyor belt runways and popular decorating layouts. Reflecting the speed at which our globalized tastes change, we follow digital seasons and switch preferences within seconds. On display, logistical urbanism becomes algorithmically crafted efficiency entertainment. Misalignment inevitable, leading to new room typologies.