Home Transfer

Net-art - interactive and participatory work, resulting in an archive of vernacular comments by global contributors


ISEA 2000, 10th International Symposium on Electronic Art. "Revelations" Forum des Images, Paris, France. December 7 to 10, 2000.

Rhizome Art Base January 9, 2000.

MECAD Media Center: "NETaforas v.3" Barcelona, Spain. May 10 to June 8, 2001.

MEDI@TERRA_01 "De-Globalizing / Re-Globalizing". Micro-museum traveling in Greece, The Balkans and Germany, culminating in the International Book Fair in Frankfurt. September 16 to October 16.

Watershed Media Center: "Net_Working". Bristol, UK. November 20 to 29, 2001.

The Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum: "Reload", Istanbul, Turkey, 2002.

Free Biennial, organized by Sal Randolph in New York City and globally, online, 2002.

Home Transfer, 2000-2002, interactive and participatory ‘net-art’ work. The piece unfolds via a menu composed of three menus: Guest, Host, and Parasite.
Home Transfer, 2000-2002, web-based interactive project. Screenshots of pages accessed via the "Guest" menu. They contain videos, and participation platforms that allow visitors to post texts.
Home Transfer, 2000-2002, web-based interactive project. Screenshots accessed via the "Host" menu. They contain an interactive game similar to a game of 'bingo.' Players are rewarded via images and poetic texts that pop-up and point to emotions and the body's sensations felt by the skin.
Home Transfer, 2000-2002, web-based interactive project inviting users to contribute comments about feeling at home to a public archive.
Home Transfer, 2000-2002, web-based interactive project. Screenshots accessed via the "Parasite" menu where the visitor interacts with a whimsical text written from the point of view of a parasite, and then goes on to play a 'kill the parasite' game. The player is rewarded with related slogans each time one of the parasites is 'killed'.

Statement by Pat Badani

HOME TRANSFER looks at the relationship between home, architecture and new technologies.

It explores changing notions about being @ home. Contemporary nomadism and its effect on memory, place and presence intersect with current practices in architecture and new technologies. A dwelling made of bread and its parasitic invasion is used to reveal the participant's psychological and physiological relationship to home. I establish dialogical, Host/Guest relations between architects and people online.

The site features streaming video of architects discussing a cultural paradigm where technology affects aspects of every-day life in new ways. Visitors may share thoughts in two guest-books provided for this purpose. The written entries reveal the relevance of contemporary practices on feeling at home. The aim is to build a space for speculation. The evolving discourse is essential in building the work’s content.

Home Transfer is part of an ongoing cluster of works begun in 1994. In these works ("Housebroken", “Urban Projects”, "Cultures & Ferments", "Tower-Tour"), baked bread-bowls serve various functions allowing me to explore social space. In these ongoing projects I create pathways of communication between people on-line and specialists in different fields of Art, Science and Humanities (Bakers, Doctors, Architects). A discussion is launched incorporating the public sphere through the Internet.

The Home Transfer project comprises:
- The offering of a sealed, weevil-infested stack of bread-bowls to practicing architects.
- The discussion generated by the object.
- The circulation of these discussions on the Internet (via the Home Transfer website).
- Public participation in two guests-books provided in Home Transfer.

Why bread-bowls:
- I use bread-bowls as building blocks to build model-housing units.
- I do this to explore ideas about the way we live in the Western world.
- The bread-bowl is a visual marker that refers back to the origins of agriculture and the first sedentary social formations.
- The model bread-bowl cities that I build refer to past and present transformations in social space.
- It is through this element that I investigate the sciences and the technologies associated with these transformations.

Credits: Pat Badani, project director: concept, interface, website design, visuals, video capture, and texts. With thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts, New Media section for Presentation Grants, and to HOME TRANSFER's Production Team: Ozgun Ozguc, Dmitry Strakovsky, Carrie Mandel, Todd Margolis and Jeff Holmes.