Stanza: The Emergent City

Can we use new technologies to imagine a world where we are liberated and empowered, where finally all of the technology becomes more than gimmick and starts to actually work for us or are these technologies going to control us, separate us, divide us, create more borders?

Stanza The Emergent City

Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analyzed, interpreted, and logged. The world we will live in seems to be a much bigger brother than the Orwellian vision, it is the mother of big brother. Can we use new technologies to imagine a world where we are liberated and empowered, where finally all of the technology becomes more than gimmick and starts to actually work for us or are these technologies going to control us, separate us, divide us, create more borders?

This is The Mother of big Brother.

  • The city exists as a parallel reality.
  • The city we live is a scanned, monitoring tracked system.
  • The city and its real estate is no longer public domain,
  • We are on all assets in this system.
  • We need to reclaim the control space.
  • The city is organic.
  • The urban environment provides a dynamic flickering and clicking sentience to the otherwise inert structure.
Data is what affects what you see and experience. The sensors monitor temperature, sounds, noise, light, vibration, humidity, and GPS

Data is what affects what you see and experience. The sensors monitor temperature, sounds, noise, light, vibration, humidity, and GPS

Capturing the changes over time in the environment, The Emergent City represents the changing life and complexity of cityspace as an emergent property. The artwork explores new ways of thinking about life, emergence and interaction within public space. The project uses environmental monitoring technologies and security based technologies, to question audiences’ experiences of real time events and create visualizations of life as it unfolds. The installation goes beyond simple single user interaction to monitor and survey in real time the whole city and entirely represent the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing complex system.

The data and their interactions – that is, the events occurring in the environment that surrounds and envelops the installation – are translated into the force that brings the electronic city to life by causing movement and change – that is, new events and actions – to occur. In this way the city performs itself in real time through its physical avatar or electronic double: The city performs itself through an-other city. Cause and effect become apparent in a discreet, intuitive manner, when certain events that occur in the real city cause certain other events to occur in its completely different, but seamlessly incorporated, double. The avatar city is not only controlled by the real city in terms of its function and operation, but also utterly dependent upon it for its existence.

The whole piece is a living and breathing artwork.

The Emergent City. From Complexity to The City of Bits. from Stanza on Vimeo.

What you see as well as this body are hundreds of parts that come alive as the data changes and evolves. Its a hybrid work powered by live events. Custom made software gathers data from the artists sensors network via a custom made java proxy server and send it to the sculpture. The mote reader software (in visual basic) sends events to the sculpture. This exist in two forms; in real time and as a local archive data set. (This enables the artwork to always function in the space, ie it has a back up)

The wireless sensor network is set up to "visualize" the space all around us as 'worlds' full of data.

The wireless sensor network is set up to “visualize” the space all around us as ‘worlds’ full of data.

Exhibitions:

Watermans Gallery Brentford. London. 2013.

TSSK Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art. Metamorf Trondheim. Norway.  2014  http://www.stanza.co.uk/emergentcity/?p=1941

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ABOUT STANZA 

Stanza is an internationally recognised artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won prestigious painting prizes and twenty international prize and art awards including: Vidalife 6.0 First Prize. SeNef Grand Prix. Videobrasil First Prize. Stanza’s art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary award. His artworks have been exhibited globally with over fifty exhibitions including: Venice Biennale, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Mundo Urbano Madrid, New Forest Pavilion Artsway, State Museum Novorsibirsk, Biennale of Sydney, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico, Plymouth Arts Centre, ICA London, Sao Paulo Biennale.

Stanza is an expert in arts technology, CCTV, online networks, touch screens, environmental sensors, and interactive artworks. Recurring themes throughout his career include the urban landscape, surveillance culture, privacy and alienation in the city. Stanza is interested in the patterns we leave behind as well real time networked events that can be re-imagined and sourced for information. His mediums include generative artworks, paintings, installations and public artworks.

www.stanza.co.uk

 

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