I found that article interesting, as I never adhered to the theory to create perfectly neutral spaces for the guests. This guy does the contrary: he creates fictive hosts and stages apartments for their fictive lives, including fake family pictures on the chimney and kids' toys and clothes. He spies on his guests living out the fictive lives. Here he presents a film about it and as an artwork it may be interesting, even though he seems quite insane to exchange his real life (his wife left him over that) for pseudo lives created for strangers. Not to mention the invaded privacy of the guests.
But for us, it's an interesting marketing lesson.
And the nutcase filter in his profile and description would be very interesting, to learn how to invert it.
(Note for Deborah: I can't shorten the link on the phone. If it does not work, could you please find it on the Guardian, art and design, if it interests you? And maybe place the post where it belongs, as I have no idea either where it will land. Thank you!)
Post by High Priestess on Sept 13, 2016 13:14:54 GMT
HI Helga -- thanks for posting this -- I also posted it on the Airbnb News board.
I am here with my mouth hanging open. I just can't believe someone would not only spy on their guests with hidden cameras in the house (that's a felony crime, where I live!) but then go on and create art about it, and publicize it, and not only that, but continue to be an Airbnb host running an "Airbnb Empire"!!!
I expect the Airbnb "your account has been terminated" figurative guillotine blade to fall across his metaphorical neck in a microsecond. Any moment now....