Household Arts for Students from Other Lands
Household Arts is an augmented reality app exploring the idea of simulating learning subjects through living, and particularly the use of practice cottages in the early 20th century to teach home-making.
Based on a course with the same title, taught at Teachers College in 1923, the story takes place in a virtual reconstruction of the National Better Home, a model home built that same year to provide a practice space for everyday life.
The Five classes of the course, take place in the different rooms of the house. The artist, who came to the US as a foreign student herself, plays the role of a tour guide in this gamified simulation, her avatar taking the viewer through an abbreviated interpretation of the curriculum embedded with historical anecdotes and personal stories.
Unity development: Svitlana Moiseyenko, Ziv Schneider
Design Assistant: Itay Niv
3D modeling: Kristian Tot
Animation: Thuong Tin Nguyen
animations partially adapted the Carnegie Mellon motion capture database
3D character artist: Andrés Perez
Research and outlining: Clio Davis
EdLab team: Zoe Logan, Renata Gaui, Angela Perrone, Veronica Black
Research adviser: Jennifer Govan, Gottesman Library
Ed Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University