Life Hacks: Introducing Iris
(2018)
creative coding Rotterdam

Iris is a physical device, ostensibly, an “artificial intelligence”, whose aim is to increase productivity. It is installed in work environments where workers can easily interact with it. It interacts via audio, camera and visual effects and aims to be installed in a workplace environment. 

The device is inhabited by three different personalities: Corporate Guru, Pirate Signal and Announcer. The interactions with and conflicts between these three personalities forces the user to adopt a reflexive and critical attitude toward the device. The user triggers the performance and is placed in an ambiguous position; doubtful if the emphasis is on productivity or happiness.

Iris is built upon Python, shell script, motion detector, and Raspberry Pi.