Smart Home Appliances
When the occupant of an unfurnished room enters, the floor and walls begin to configure themselves according to the occupant's preferences and the furniture is placed according to the occupant's style. A smart home appliance may "paint" according to its ideas. Its "brushstrokes" do not amount to an image, but an object—a physical household appliance. Home appliances are no longer produced in factories and by machines to become commodities based on engineers' drawings. People no longer bring them home from stores. The smart home appliance can self-produce. Once the occupant steps into the room, they become the smart home appliances' object of observation. It produces its external, physical body according to what it observes of the occupant's preferences, habits, and appearance. A smart appliance and its owner do not communicate through language but through the tactility and perception of two bodies. Smart home appliances observe the human's expression, emotions, temperature, and the tension created by the human presence. Conversely, a person senses the temperature and texture of any device through touch and perceives how it feels about them based on the changing colors in the room. Screens may be placed in any space, voices transmitted through any point of contact, standard nutritious meals distributed on time and in appropriate quantities. So what is an appliance? The appliance is this room, the space it occupies. Smart home appliances occupy the urban area, dividing it into different compartments. People place themselves inside, fitting in "the right place." The individual neither owns these smart home appliances nor occupies the space; instead, the machine occupies the individual. When one enters the room, one inhabits a closed space, like a commodity displayed in a window, waiting to be exchanged.
(Translated by Fiona He)