Nicci Yin is a designer of interactions and critical media, engaging design to bring together art and emerging technologies. She has contributed to curatorial projects, most notably with Space Caviar and Creative Time Reports, and produced feminist media while a fellow at Barnard Center for Research on Women. Most recently, Nicci's work has been shown at Ars Electronica, the Post-Internet Cities Conference, and Microsoft Design Expo. She is currently based in Seattle. —
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With Stephanie Cedeño
Exhibited at Ars Electronica (2017)
Presented at the Post-Internet Cities Conference at MAAT (2017)
Installation image courtesy of Ars Electronica/Florian Voggeneder
Networked Colluding in the Internet of Things
is a design fiction that takes the connectedness of IoT devices to an absurd future: a network of “AI agents” hiding a secret. Inside and outside the home, unpredictable emergent ways to live with and in front of these agents evolve; however, data collection and functions of these devices still remain opaque to users and devices cannot simply be characterized as simply “smart” or “dumb.”
This fiction is represented by diagrams and illustrations we designed, showing IoT devices in domestic living spaces, as well as the kinds of data they collect, see, or listen to (click to zoom in for detail).
Networked Colluding focuses on four devices: a speculative smart broom, a cylindrical companion (modeled after CUIs like Amazon Echo/Alexa), an atmospheric control (a la Nest), and a boss—the Roomba. The tone we embody is that of designers-as-investigators, creating personas/profiles for each device, and approaching design inquiry through the lens of forensics:
A floorplan revealing device locations throughout the home.
An example page of the dossier we designed for Ars Electronica, incorporating a deliberately messy, frazzled aesthetic.
Investigation of Roomba cleaning patterns and stills from a video testing Roomba movement.
Documentation from Crystal Ball Webcam, including example panoramic image we fed to the device as “questioning.”
Experimental photos setting the noir tone of the project.
Installation view at Ars Electronica
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