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My name is Vytautas Jankauskas. I am an artist and interaction designer, intrigued by visual and sociocultural dissonances amplified through public and consumer technology. My work is meant to intercept, interrogate, and occasionally lobotomise devices as they quietly inhabit our homes and public spaces.

Unfamiliar Convenient is a research-creation endeavor that aims to shed a dim light on the friction between the two often coupled definitions, the internet of things, and the smart home, in turn addressing how the user-centeredness of the latter brings down the former. Our inquiry is aimed at shifting the limits of smart home in order to expand its range of functions—or preferably behaviors—by reconsidering smart objects as active subjects. The project's first embodiment, Case Study 1, is an interactive voice agent whose main purpose is to question the notion of 'self'.

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Aside from listening to voice commands, the interactive voice assistant "listens" for unencrypted network communications from other artworks in the exhibition, appropriating captured content to its own ends.

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Cached engages with the repercussions of our individual online presence. Our online personality is cached, used to create a digital model of each of us to learn as much as possible. The Cached experience gives you a glimpse at how algorithms have learned to view us and the assumptions they make.

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Somestic Media defines a trio of connected objects, retrofitting complex social media interactions within the domestic appliances from the last century. An alarm clock, a radio, and a TV, distill and encompass our mundane digisocial dilemmas, from stalking, to swipe-right and FOMO.

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'How to Build a Water Filter' Youtube tutorial from the future reshapes our notions of nationality and citizenship, through a near-future microcosm, in which all water has become commodified.

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