Jealous Furniture

Petra Farinha

Jealous Furniture are a set of objects that aims to create awareness of the time we spent connected to the virtual world. Watch out - They may become violent!!!


Classes Networked Objects

Playing with the Real versus Virtual, Jealous Furniture criticize the time we spent nowadays in front of a computer, connected to the "Virtual World" instead of enjoying the pleasure of "reality". A set of objects will be created in order to adapt "jealous" behaviors, calling your attention or disturbing you.

Ex: a lamp( extreme importance for the perception/function of the space) that moves and dim disturbing the space if you spend to much time online; a bookshelf that throws books to the floor or to you, depending to where do u have your bookshelf;

Playing with the concept of jealous. How do we represent this irational feeling?

My idea started with playing with electromagnetic fields and how we can create "clean spaces" that are sensible to electronic devices. After the idea shift from creating spaces or objects that are sensible only when the an electronic device is activated - this took me to the idea of connectivity to the virtual world.

People addicted to the virtual! Everyone!!!

User Scenario
It's late in the day.I arrive home. I take my computer out of m backpack and turn it on. I check my email.The light in my bedroom balance a little. What is going on? I read some online newspapers and blogs. I ear some strange sounds but I don't understand what is it. I am surfing the web and going from one blog to the other. The light is bouncing and turning off and on - I feel confused. It's ok now - it stopped. I keep reading but the sound keeps coming - I look up and some of my books are "shaking". I keep reading and surfing online. Books fall down in my desk and floor; my lamp is bouncing in a very crazy way - I can't read - I feel dizzy. More books fall. I put them back in the bookshelf. I keep reading that blog that had so interesting stuff - oh so beautiful projects!! My lamp starts bouncing again - it's getting crazy. The light is going on and off and the books start falling in a very violent way. The light goes off. But i need it!!!
I close my computer. The light is on and quiet. I start picking up the books that are spread all over the place - oh!! I don't read this book for so long. I sit in my bed with the book.

Jealous Furniture is a set of objects that are aware of your connectivity to the virtual space, since they are sniffing and analyzing the "data" that you send over TCP/ IP connections. They are measuring what you are doing in the virtual space and they based their reactions according to that activities and also according with how long you are doing them that is similar to measuring how long you are connect to the virtual.
The gameplan of this jealous objects is to awareness you to enjoy the real space so they aim to disturb you as much as possible in order to keep up disconnect to the virtual.

I think I'm starting to love this idea of critical objects that raised and question the implication of technologies in nowadays.