What if objects were produced the way open source software is developed? Creating software has become a flexible, collaborative, and adaptable process: projects develop as code are openly shared, reviewed, adapted, and distributed. Simultaneously, home appliances are increasingly dependent on inflexible standards of production leading to a lack of reparability, less adaptability, and more waste. With affordable technologies of digital manufacturing and electronic platforms, translating code into matter is becoming possible for everyone. Programming object thus seek to bring open source software practices into the world of (open hardware) appliances. Moving away from a top-down approach from corporation to consumer, to one where objects are designed, developed, and produced democratically within open communities.
Hacking Households is a group of artists and designers working on the intersection of the physical and digital. They were brought together for the project at BIO 50 to explore the future roles of household objects.
Project members: Leonardo Amico, Thibault Brevet, Coralie Gourguechon, Jesse Howard, Jure Martinec, Nataša Muševič, Tilen Sepič.