develops a scenario for life, work and electronic communication in the
future private home. More specifically the project addresses the general
concept of video-mediated communication (VMC) as a means of creating and
maintaining social integration despite physical remoteness. In a further
step design objectives are developed for a) a mode of video mediated communication
(permanent, low intensity) and b) a practical testbed with a physical
interface as an element that is integrated into the design of a private
Based on the theoretical assumptions a working prototype was constructed.
Technically this is a large wall mounted video projector, which is 'stylishly'
designed (and programmed) to be a potential main accent of the dwellings
The interface receives video streams (i.e information sources to which
the user maintains a permanent connection) and creates a rhythmic vividly
animated 'video mix' in the form and aesthetic intention of contemporary
music video clips. The mixing process is automatically controlled by the
music (that is chosen by the inhabitant)- both the mood and the rhythm
- and also by the information relevance of the individual received video
The project will be presented by Tim Edler (realities:united) and John
deKron. An introduction of the objectives of the research will be followed
by a demonstration of examples and the video mixing software (Max/Jitter).
is a planning office. In our designs we synchronize architecture, information
technology and communication content. Using that base we develop design
concepts, technologies and action strategies which unite the material
"old" reality with the immaterial "new" realities,
which increasingly overlay and augment the present.
Audiovisual media, global communications and information networks and
computer interfaces compose a spreading synthetic fabric which coats the
appearance of the everyday world. Now that they have become constitutional
elements of our reality, we must begin to develop truly integrative patterns
for design, semantic exchange and actual utilisation
John deKron, born 1967, has studied video production
at the Media Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg. As a video artist who has
been focussing on the artistic, thematic and technical fusion of audio
and video, he has participated at numerous international exhibitions.
He has been invited to hold lectures at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart
and the HGB in Leipzig and works as filmmaker and VJ-performer.