Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Welcome to Open House"- An interactive abandoned house in Gainesville, FL

I recently found this site called It was created by a friend, and professor here at the UF art school, Jack Stenner. It is a house he owned and due to the market, is in foreclosure. He has rigged it up and created a program where you go to the site, download the program, and can virtually inhabit and interact with certain things in the house, that are then controlled in real time in the actual house. Interactivity was obviously on his mind...

You can check out the house and get the program at this site:

Here is his description:  
Open House is a new computer application and installation by Jack Stenner and Patrick LeMieux which allows virtual guests from around the world to remotely control physical aspects of a "distressed" house in Gainesville, FL. The house at 1617 NW 12 Rd. is currently abandoned and in financial limbo due to the US housing collapse. Virtual markets transformed this otherwise livable property into a ghost house. Now Open House allows individuals to repopulate this disenfranchised space and assume the role of virtual squatters–opening the doors, flickering the lights, rattling the shutters, and remotely occupying the abandoned property. Live video feedback integrates real-time physical effects with one's virtual actions and multiplayer functionality allows for many people to live in the house at once. Simply download and run the application, so, you too can manipulate that sacred icon, the American home.

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