The House That Wishes You Well

Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon

Video installation, film, house with BA13, doorbell

2022

Amazon is marketing a video doorbell called "Ring", to be installed on the front door of one's house. Connected to an electronic lock, it allows to remotely open the door of one's home, to receive deliveries, for example. Ring is equipped with a camera, which films what is happening in front of it at any time. You can watch it on your smartphone, no matter where you are.

The film Ring proposes a montage of the most ambiguous videos captured by the doorbells.

Stéphane Degoutin, drawing for Planète B, éditions 369, 2022.

Connected to the Internet, these countless cameras become detectors, snitches, witnesses to improbable points of view. The unauthorized capture of the neighborhood, the organized spying between neighbors and the accessibility of the videos to the municipal police are turning the great dream of the automated house into a paranoid nightmare. The slightest sign captured - the flight of a butterfly, a lost dog, the shadow of a walker... - becomes suspicious, haunting the occupants of the little white house.

Software, programmed to detect behaviors, or neural networks trained to recognize faces... (perhaps assisted by click workers paid to stalk your ex.) capture, annotate, data mine, transform the mass of data, filter through biometric detection assisted by deep learning, according to a list of suspicious gestures, throw their results to public police officers or intelligence agencies...

A private spying network is progressively being built up on a peer-to-peer basis. Voyeurism is entering its deep phase. 

Neighbors de Ring
Neighbors de Ring
Neighbors de Ring

Installation

Designed for the exhibition "Shelter", the installation consists of a white house surrounded by a green lawn. The door is locked with an electronic lock and monitored by an Amazon Ring connected doorbell which films the outside. The door opens, under the condition of a code disclosed at the entrance of the exhibition, and then closes immediately. Inside, you can sit on a sofa to watch on a TV screen a montage of videos captured by the connected doorbells installed on the doors of American homes.

"Shelter" exhibition, L'Atelier, Nantes, 2022

Diffusion

Festival des éditions sauvages, La patate sauvage, Aubervilliers, 9 décembre 2023

Cinéma Nova, Bruxelles, november 25, 2023

Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin. Selected for thz Moving Image Art Prize. Screening at the Maison européenne de la photographie on november 1st, 2023.

Exposition Shelter / Zoo Galerie, Nantes, december 1 to december 23, 2022.

"Deep Stock" exhibition, galerie Art et Essai, Rennes, 2021

Credits

Texts, editing and post-production : Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon

Construction of the house : Stéphane Degoutin, Arnaud Moinet, Camille Riou, WithSimon Bousquet

Thanks to : Hervé Cocqueret, Lilla Gauthier, Patrice Joly, Mya Finbow, Philippe Szechter