Family Portrait is an installation art piece showing photography of common goods in an ordinary house. The piece deals with the idea that all goods create certain memories. Closely connected to their users, these objects can come to be almost like family members in a house, or like friends who visit us sometimes. They all tell some type of story, but these stories depend on the experiences that individual people have with these objects in their lives.
— “We live together.” —
The artwork hides a button that prints a computer graphic picture in a framed photograph. When viewers press the button, the artwork randomly prints a picture. Each picture shows a household object, all of which are shown in the installation.
This artwork uses a hacked keyboard to run its function. Each of the original keyboard’s buttons is set to accept only a single press at a time, but it needs to acknowledge a single press as two to function for the artwork. Therefore, I made an electronic board of relays to perform as two switches that press on the same keyboard.
Watch the exhibition review video here.