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Home Transfer

HOME TRANSFER is an ongoing web project that explores the intersection of home, architecture and new technologies. HOME TRANSFER is an ongoing project by Pat Badani. It was selected

and screened at ISEA 2000 and at a number of other New Media events and

festivals. The work explores the intersection of home, architecture and new

technologies. A dwelling made of bread and its parasitic invasion is used to

investigate changing notions of place and presence. Host/Guest relations are

established between the artist, architects and people online. The work

explores the relevance of contemporary practices in people's everyday lives.

It reveals the psychological and physiological impact imposed by virtuality

and automation on being at home.

HOME TRANSFER features streaming video of architects discussing a cultural

paradigm where technology affects aspects of domestic life in new ways.

Visitors may share thoughts in two guest-books provided for this purpose.

The aim is to build a space for speculation where people can express their

excitement and/or anxiety about this topic. The work has evolved over time

on the basis of these interactions recorded in three archives. The evolving

discourse is essential in building the work's content.

The piece is composed of three discrete sections that the visitors travels

through to construct meaning: Guest, Host and Parasite. The Guest section is

modeled after an architectural e-journal showcasing video-taped and

text-based interviews with guest architects who talk about technology and

its impact upon notions of "Home". The Host section invites online visitors

to post their ideas about "feeling at home". The result is a vast archive

where different opinions and languages co-habit, an ethnographic record

about what it means to feel well and feel in place today. The Parasite

section investigates the parasite's relation to media and communication

systems, the relationship of parasite to host, or giver to taker in a system

of exchange. This section is modeled after a game: the killing game, the

containing game and the propagating game.

HOME TRANSFER is part of an ongoing cluster of works that Pat Badani began

in 1994. In these works, the artist uses a city made of bread-bowls and its

parasitic invasion as metaphor to explore social space. These ongoing

projects create communication paths between the artist, Citizens-at-large

(both on-line and off-line), and specialists in different fields of Art,

Science and Humanities (Bakers, Doctors, Architects). A discussion is

launched incorporating the public sphere via the Internet.