Time Past Time Present Time Future

February 8, 2019 No comments »

Three Stanza paintings on show in Italy as past of PHANTOMOLOGY at Das Cubo. All Oil on Canvas size 90cm by  120 cm.

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FANTOMOLOGIA. Dal micro al macro

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The project “PHANTOMOLOGY. From micro to macro to reality phenomena” curated by Marco Mancuso, Daniela Tozzi and Ilaria Bignotti, presented by CUBO – follows two different lines of action.

On the one hand, it suggests a possible evolution of CUBO artistic proposal by carrying on its research of the last years and inducing a deeper analysis on the relationship among technology, scientific investigation and identity between human beings and their surrounding environment. On the other hand, it deconstructs the classical display modes of contemporary art and narration of New Media Art by fluidly moving among installation elements, performative feedbacks and theoretical and dialogical apparatuses. CUBO and Unipol spaces (the Art Space, the auditorium, the multimedia library) are thus transformed by the “PHANTOMOLOGY” project into a constantly changing narrative paradigm. They become a delocalized place where the public is asked to reflect on the power of technological changes and on the impact they have from the artistic as well as from the social, cultural and political points of view, thus investigating both the expressive power of nature and its intrinsic capacity of modelling and of aesthetic and formal composition.

THE TECHNOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT

The era we are experiencing, characterized by a constant and increasingly rapid technological and scientific development, involves on the one hand strong enthusiasm and curiosity towards a future that appears generous in the utopian conception of what we consider progress and well being, and on the other hand a gradual awareness and redefinition of the centrality of our role in relation to the other, to the different, to what exists out of us. In fact, contemporary human beings are dominated by a constant flow of data and information indiscriminately produced by machines, services, artefacts and other living things; a series of ephemeral and invisible “objects” that we partly produce and partly collect, allowing us to build and shape forms of relationships with the world around us.

The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis on display at CUBO Art Space is one of the most iconic works by the British artist STANZA, since the Mid-eighties a pioneer and experimenter of the complex relationship among man, technology and space declined in its different personal, relational and architectural forms. The artwork is a complex and surprising scale representation of a virtual city, whose formal elements are composed of circuits and electronic components, while the lighting is made of LEDs and indicators that monitor in real time information flows, connections and public data networks of the real city around them. A miniaturized synecdoche reproducing the dynamics that characterize, for better or for worse, our daily lives. A transparent membrane that connects CUBO with the city of Bologna, which lives and breathes beyond the large window facing the installation and from which The Nemesis Machine attracts the attention of the visitors, who in turn become part of the artwork as soon as their movements in the exhibition space are monitored and reproduced by a sensor system on a series of small screens. A reminder of Michel Foucault’s statement: “Se forme alors une politique des coercitions qui sont un travail sur le corps, une manipulation calculée de ses éléments, de ses gestes, de ses comportements” [it now takes shape a policy of coercion that is a work on the body, a calculated manipulation of its elements, its gestures, its behaviours]”1 as well as of the evident privacy implications related to those same surveillance technologies and “intelligent automation” to which we have delegated our anxieties of space “protection” against what is “different” and “unknown”. In fact, as Étienne de La Boétie recalls, “Ce maître n’a pourtant que deux yeux, deux mains, un corps, et rien de plus que n’a le dernier des habitants du nombre infini de nos villes. Ce qu’il a de plus, ce sont les moyens que vous lui fournissez pour vous détruire. D’où tire-t-il tous ces yeux qui vous épient, si ce n’est de vous?  [This master who so dominates you has only two eyes, two hands, a body, he has nothing more than the less important man of the immense and infinite number of our cities, if not the superiority that you attribute to destroy them. Where have you taken so many eyes, with whom I spy on you, if you do not offer them to you?]”2

The Nemesis Machine by Stanza

 

 

STANZA’s artistic research focuses on the critical and social analysis of the vital participative systems that characterize contemporary cities, formalizing his work in a series of artworks that, by exploring adjoining disciplinary areas such as Net Art and Interactive Art, aim to trigger dialogues and conversations on urban, technological and social space policies. In his actions and installations, STANZA offers the public the classic archetype of the metropolis as a technological and biological organism, based in both cases on a system of constant and frenetic relationships that make up its lifeblood, thus avoiding the risk of an excessive trivialization or of a distorted reading of his work thanks to the rigorous visual vocabulary and the surprising ability to trigger a dialogue between artwork and public made of curiosity, exploration, reflection, fun and participation.

Text By by Marco Mancuso

The Nemesis Machine by Stanza

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The Nemesis Machine in Italy

January 12, 2019 No comments »

The Nemesis Machine at  CUBO Italy which opens on 31 st JAN. The show is curated by the awesome Marco Mancuso who for years has been supporting new media and technology arts from his base in Milan. The Nemesis Machine is one of those artworks where the only constant thing seems to be the title however I have used other titles so that is also a variable in this ever changing evolving art system.

The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis

 

The title is in two parts: “The Nemesis Machine” with the additional  “From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis”. The installation has become an evolving artwork. Whilst growing in physical size, the technology is also developing to reflect changes in our relationship with the digitised world, new technology and our algorithmic society.

 

The artwork focuses our attention on the worlds of technology, surveillance, and networked space:- that could be called panoptic and embeds several contextualised panoptic aesthetics (data from sensors, people from cameras). My title “From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis” expresses this growth from a small city, to a large city, to the ecumenopolis which is a term for the whole world as a city. The inference is that this system of technology is all encompassing all seeing and all powerful.

The title “Nemesis” also suggests a portrayal of either utopian or dystopian futures inferring, “the inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall”. As such the Nemesis itself is positioned to cause concern as a situation or event, which causes serious harm, or even as a form of punishment. The word Nemesis originally meant the distributor of fortune, neither good nor bad, simply in due proportion to each according to what was deserved. Nemesis was sometimes called “Adrasteia“, probably meaning “one from whom there is no escape”. This is how the artwork positions itself as neither one or the other, but simply to engage the viewer or its audience inside this inescapable agency.

The artwork has grown as a multi layered expression of technology based futures with metaphors of big data, privacy, liquid surveillance and control. It now also embeds as part of its evolution a continuous focus on the way we seek to control our space through any new technology. The project The Nemesis Machine actually started under my project title The Emergent City as practise based research and the data visualisation called Sensity. Therefore The Nemesis Machine has now been in development since 2006 and many various iterations have been made and released, which been exhibited in numerous ways with varying sizes.

The Nemesis Machine fuses analogue and digital worlds by using real time data feeds that connects to the physical city to create an avatar city while at the same time making it global through the flows of networked data across the internet. The city machine become alive and of itself. This parsing of real time data systems becomes a critique of liquid surveillance networks that a whole city can be seen all at once from a variety of perspective lenses. The machine is both acting to liberate us through technology with overtures to open processes, while at the same time making us complicit in its restrictive system of control.  We have by default become complicit in the global surveillance machine that appropriates us (the users) as units of data to be harvested for some sort of gain (either financial, social). This has been a consuming theme in several of my artworks since 2004. The Nemesis Machine focuses on the aspect of the so called smart city as a space for the parsing of (any /all) data. So how can you make meaning of this liquidity? and how can it be of any common benefit? Or will it be at the expense of something else? as perspective shifts ground.

A new custom version of the artwork is installed every time for this ever expanding an variable artwork.  During many set ups and global exhibitions, The Nemesis Machine serves as a frame or lens to witness this process.

Technically the installation also incorporates several technological systems including, a the custom made multi mesh network of environment sensors that send data in real time to the artwork. A camera based surveillance and facial tracking system with several hidden cameras inside the artwork. There is also another local layer of sensors; which includes systems for measuring by pollution gases no2, co2, o2, and alcohol. All this combines to create all the agency and action in the artwork. In other words the lights, motors, and sounds only happens because of events occurring in the real space. In this sense the city and the artwork are one and the whole artwork functions as an algorithmically coded city observing its real world double.

Youth Culture. Sculpture available for touring.

January 11, 2019 No comments »

I had a great time in Manchester at Lightwaves 2018 Media City Manchester UK. I  showed my  new artwork which is of a towering  hooded sculpture which visualises visitor data it receives on mini screens and light illumination built into the sculpture. The tall figure, who’s hoodie challenges our assumptions about social alienation – captivating its audience and challenging visitors perceptions around anti-social behaviour and our collective ability to create safe public spaces for all. This Hooded Youth is presented as a symbol of belonging, rather than something to be feared. Digitally interactive, the artwork embraces public participation and encourages engagement with its technological system, which feeds in intelligence so that Youth Culture becomes a symbolic memory bank of place and experience. http://stanza.co.uk/youth_culture/index.html

Whats Next.

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Last year I was looking forward to a first one man show in New York City before the gallery had a major fire. That would have been ok had the 50 boxes of work not already docked at USA port authorities. Tough being an artist when this sort of thing happens.  Maybe someone will show The Nemesis Machine in USA in the future or maybe I will get to work  with that curator I so  very much admire in another year. It wont be this year.

Whats next I am about to ship Nemesis Machine to CUBO Italy I would tell you more but that is all I know for know except it starts on 1 Feb.

I am also looking forward to working with David Drake and show at Diffusion in Wales. A new AI camera track system is now inside the machine as well as reconfigured sensors for city wide data gathering.

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2019 All work and much play and something else as well.

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Welcome 2019. ON a personal; level that was a tough year (just past), and I learn’t a lot through the adversity of it all.  This was only really possible because of the support of many friends who rallied to the call and really did help when needed and when asked; thank you. No pain no gain. Well the gains have been immense insightful and enlightening. Much love you to you all for 2019. Thanks also to the NHS and the support systems we have in place here in the UK. Accidents happen all the time but when they come to visit the impact becomes immense.

 

New Commission at The Lowry for Quays Culture

November 27, 2018 No comments »

Youth Culture By Stanza. The sculpture shows a strong hooded youth through which collected data and information flows. A towering beautiful hooded sculpture; Youth Culture visualises visitor data it receives on mini screens and light illumination built into the sculpture. Thanks for all the help:-  Pillow Space Frame and I and A.  See the website for some videos. http://stanza.co.uk/youth_culture/index.html

Stanza wins prize at CYNETART in Dresden

October 18, 2018 No comments »

The Nemesis Machine wins prize at CYNETART in Dresden. This ever evolving artwork, always different and always expanding. It has become a multi layered installation incorporating concepts of data ownership, surveillance, real time space, urban environments as well as systems based metaphors for interactive and generative spaces.  It is always different for each installed set up and is an evolving artwork. In the gallery the work can be shaped formally on the floor or also grow into different spaces. The parts of the city act as a frame for the different expression of data and information. The artwork responds to wireless sensor network and “visualizes” the environment all around us as ‘worlds’ full of data across the internet.. In essence the artwork is a smart city a hybrid internet of things (IOT) installation responding in real time and operates critically between utopian optimism and dystopian dis-function.

Summer of ….fires , accidents, guns and roses…

October 2, 2018 No comments »

Finally getting back on my feet after the summer of ….er  moving on. Slovenia was the go to place for a bit of hard work and sunshine at the Speculum Artrium Decades Trbovlje Slovenia 2018  a great  event and a smaller version of Nemesis Machine. Artificial life has become an important field of scientific research, the basic foundation of which is the use of computer systems for creating life simulations and the principles of inorganic organisms. The question arises about what it means to be an active entity involved in the relationship between biological and artificial, between real and virtual. Artificial, virtual forms of life are by all standards living entities created through co-operation between nature, homo sapiens and machines. One of the definitions of the art of the 21st century is defined as “Machine of all machines”, ie Machine, creator and producer of other living artificial entities.

I am off to  Cynetart Dresden Germany 2018 , and will also  perform the Binary  Graffiti Club Choir. CYNETART is known for the presentation of international art positions in new media. A programme of concerts, performances and lectures is part of the festival as well as the biennial CYNETART I have been before in 2000  so I  am looking forward to the return.

Thanks to Jack Addis and Lumen for this exhibition and what  a great venue. Measures Of Life at  Humber Street Gallery. Measures of Life. Lumen. Hull UK .  “Measures of Life” an exhibition that questions time and space and the elements that define how we perceive reality.In our hyper-connected world, new realities become malleable and flexible offering more possibilities than ever before. ::vtol:: (RU), Stanza (UK), Molly Soda (US) Nicole Ruggiero (US), Refrakt (DE). I had a great few days setting up and it was a pleasure to be there.

Thanks to Ghislaine Boddington for curating the Nesta Future Festival at Tobacco Dock London UK. It was a great event and some very  interesting speakers.Vivienne Westwood, Nicola Sturgeon, Annie Mac, Akala, Ruby Wax OBE, Brian Eno, Paul Mason and Imogen Heap and I  presented some artworks in among the bodies.

Exhibitions. 2018

May 28, 2018 No comments »

I have been busy and not had a chance to post but there are some special events coming. I have a  solo show in New York City Kellen Gallery at Parsons The New School USA 2018 curated by Christiane Paul…..for July – August  ….. and  selected artwork are being featured at the Nesta Future Festival in London. On top of that Lumen are presenting my installation at Humber Street galleries in Hull  and I  am scheduled to go to Slovenia and Romania to install during September. Dates and more info to come.

 

 

The Binary Graffiti Club. Exhibition arebyte Gallery. 11 November 2017.

November 3, 2017 No comments »

Exhibition arebyte Gallery. 11 November 2017.

Saturday Opening 11th November 6 – 9 pm .

Exhibition runs : 12 – 25 November Thurs to Sat 12.00 – 6.00pm.

arebyte 117 Wallis Rd E9 Nearest station Hackney Wick.

The Binary Graffiti Club have the pleasure to announce it has just been awarded a Grants For The arts from Arts Council England to develop The Binary Graffiti Club project and work with arebyte Gallery London on a new series of events commissions until 25th November 2017. Look out for graffiti in the streets, youths in binary hoodies, a singing choir….more soon.

The Binary Graffiti Club is a user friendly public participatory spectacle and public engagement event across urban space creating new narratives for the playful engagement of the environment, encompassing performance, politics and art. The Binary Graffiti Club are invited members of the public at each location for each event.

 

The Nemesis Machine in Warsaw. Exhibition: Beyond the Seven curated by Piotr Krajewski.

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Finally finished the lastest version The Nemesis Machine in Warsaw show opens weds night “Beyond the Seven”. Thanks to wro art center who curated moved and supported this. It’s on show then available for exhibitions. Uses live data from various sources and monitors London and Warsaw in realtime. The show is called “Beyond the Seven”. The artwork visualises life in the city on the basis of real time data transmitted from a network of wireless sensors. The artwork you see is a city of electronic components that reflect in real time what is happening elsewhere. Small screens show pictures of the visitors so that they become part of the city. Warszawie ‘za siedmioma’ – megalopolis w budowie / nemezis deweloperów ‘Za siedmioma’ at Dom S?owa Polskiego curated by Piotr Krajewski.

Our Friends Electric at QUAD Gallery Derby

June 29, 2017 No comments »

    

Lost In Translation is being exhibited at Quad In Derby as part of series of works connected with robotic and artistic practise.  In the installation a custom made robot that responds to a series of texts and makes drawings unique to each reader. Readers are invited to step up to the lectern and read into a microphone from a specially made book called Lost In Translation. The book consists of passages from The Bible , The Torah, The Quran and a take away menu. The text and voice are interpreted via software and a robot is set into action on a custom made plinth to interpret what it all means. The robot interprets the text and the voice to creates a painting on canvas of the results. The work questions not only the meaning and interpretation of text but just who controls our understanding of the outputs and indeed what is Lost In Translation.

This is a very playful user friendly work and actively engages the audience not only to think about the text but the meaning of how automation and networked technology is changing the control of understanding.

Lost In Translation

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The Third Space a multi layered city of informational data.

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 What you see in the artworks are fused layers of city patterns in the form of hybridised hacked maps. These lines, grids, and shapes form the design of the city.This series of artworks represents maps as the drawings and patterns that we make and leave behind on the landscape. The artworks represent the scars on the landscape that we have created into by our actions. The cities we inhabit disclose our behaviour in these systems. Exhibited at Brugges Museum. 2015. What you see in the artworks are fused layers of city patterns in the form of hybridised hacked maps. These lines, grids, and shapes form the design of the city.

In thinking and making these work, various other things start to be played out.  The concepts of the city of noise,  the control city of data, the living breathing city space. Within the series some also merge city data with other cities to create what I term The Third Space a sort of confused multi layered migrant city.  These images also play on the relationship of scale with the micro and the macro . Here is the city as living organism;  it’s alive, ever moving towards the edges of space, alive in a virThe Surface Skin 100-100cm. by Stanzaal sense.

Art engaging with issues of data ownership, privacy of information within the real time city.

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The Global Derive, a newly created artistic experiment engaging with issues of data ownership, privacy of information within the real time city.

Stanza presents The Global Derive, a newly created artistic experiment engaging with issues of data ownership, privacy of information within the real time city. During this performative event The Binary Graffiti Club are tracked in the city, they are monitored and surveyed and the collected data is used to visualise them on large screens in the city or gallery.

This software is ideal for festivals as all your visitors can become involved in a massive artwork. They all become interactive participants of the project.

Events/ Exhbitions.

SPECTRA festival In Aberdeen organized by Curated Place. 30,000 people saw it over the four days.

Maxxi. Rome Italy Media Arts. Festival

Warehouse 9. Copenhagen. Denmark

Ongoing

This software is ideal for festivals as all your visitors can become involved in a massive artwork. They all become interactive participants of the project. Funding is needed to develop this to the next level ie more features, interface for phone app , online interface visualisation and cross platform development. Now it is tested and working this can be scaled up. ContThe Global Derive, a newly created artistic experiment engaging with issues of data ownership, privacy of information within the real time city. act me if interested.

People walk around the city. They are dressed in the Binary Club uniform the black binary hooded top; the clothing symbol of the age. They are tracked and monitored as units of data, reduced and simplified and represented as a zero or a one. Custom made software tracks their real time position and the data is collected and fed back to the servers. This performance is exhibited inside the gallery or outside in the city in real time. What you seen on the screen is a poetic interpretation, an abstracted interpretation.

Infobesity Series: Infobesity And Knowledge.

June 22, 2017 No comments »

  Stanza big data, Smart cities, IOT , internet of things , art, software Infobesity Series: Infobesity And Knowledge.

These artworks investigate hidden patterns within fabric of news feeds and live information flows on the internet. Each image is derived from a custom made software system which is manipulated to create the final artwork.