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February 8th, 2019

Three Stanza paintings on show in Italy as past of PHANTOMOLOGY at Das Cubo

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FANTOMOLOGIA. Dal micro al macro

February 8th, 2019

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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Youth Culture. Sculpture available for touring.

January 11th, 2019

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

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

January 11th, 2019

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.

 

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

October 2nd, 2018

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 28th, 2018

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

November 3rd, 2017

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.

The Third Space a multi layered city of informational data.

June 29th, 2017

 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.

June 29th, 2017

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 22nd, 2017

  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.

 

Draft Systems WRO Poland. Megalopolis. On Exhibition May 2017

June 16th, 2017

The system grows. Large scale installation of live city wide data . The Nemesis Machine becomes Deus Ex Machina and expands to 50  metres square on cross plinth in Wroclaw Poland.

  • The artwork operates within the themes of the urban landscape, surveillance culture, and the connected city
  • Poses the question of who owns the data while speculating that virtual borders will soon create more systems of control.
  • The wireless sensor network is set up to “visualize” the space all around us as ‘worlds’ full of data across the internet.
  • The artwork is a smart city a hybrid internet of things (IOT) installation.

What happens when the whole world is connected in real time all at once….The Nemesis Machine

WRO Draft Systems Stanza big data

WRO Draft Systems Stanza big data

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The Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF)

May 25th, 2017

Stanza at The Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF.  Stanza big data, Smart cities, IOT , internet of things , art, software Stanza at The Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWFStanza artwork on show at the The Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) is an exclusive industry event, hosted by Cisco. The IoTWF is widely recognized as the premier thought leadership forum designed to Evangelize and Energize IoT. Known as a must-attend event for key stakeholders and innovators in business, government, and academia, IoTWF brings industry leaders together to collaborate, network, partner, and solve the challenges facing IoT.

Previously held in Barcelona, Chicago, and Dubai, in 2017, IoTWF moves to London, Europe’s fastest growing technology capital. The 2017 IoTWF will explore the impact of IoT on business, technology and society and define a clear sense of the major priorities and challenges facing business as the world migrates towards IoT.

 Stanza big data, Smart cities, IOT , internet of things , art, software

Stanza big data, Smart cities, IOT , internet of things , art, software at the internet of Things World Forum thanks to Cisco Systems.

Exhibitions for the Reader 2017

April 28th, 2017

Exhibitions for the Reader Coming up the following three venues. Kinetica Art Fair London UK 2017EMAF European Media Art Festival Osnabruck Germany April 2017. The New Observatory. The Reader is large six foot data visualization sculpture of the artist Stanza wearing a hoodie reading a book 285 221Foundation for Art and Creative Technology Liverpool UK June 2017.

Artists in The New Observatory create instruments, or use data, to measure the world differently. They conjure new and untold stories, from the personal to the political, micro to macro. They collectively challenge assumptions and standardisation, investigating the moments when logic fails and how that failure might create new possibilities.

Featured In The Guardian Saturday 23 June 2017

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Dundee Contemporary Arts NEon 2016

November 13th, 2016

The artwork reforms this information and data creating parallel realities. At the heart of this work lies an interest in the urban environment, the networks of cameras and sensors to be found there, and the associated issue of privacy and alienation. The work sits in the middle of concepts for smart cities, The Internet of Things( IOT) and the new technologies that monitors the real time environment. In appearance, the Nemesis Machine is like Big Brother parsed through the lens of the Internet of things. It gives visitors a bird’s eye view of a cybernetic cityscape, where skyscrapers are constructed of silicon and circuit boards.

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Exhibition in Ghent Belgium at Zeebrastraat

October 15th, 2016

Stanza is presented at New Technological Art Award (NTAA), an international art competition of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation which is part of the biennial update of Zebrastraat. The exhibition update_6 / NTAA 2016 will take place from November 5th to December 4th, 2016 at Zebrastraat Ghent and the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, Belgium.

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The 19 nominated works were selected by an international jury: Head of the jury Martin Honzik (Head of Department Prix/Festival Ars Electronica) together with Peter Weibel (Director, ZKM Karlsruhe), Jean-Marie Dallet (Artist, research professor at the Université Paris 8), Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Stef Van Bellingen (Consultant for Zebrastraat – Artistic leader of WARP), Paul Dujardin (CEO & Artistic Director BOZAR), Nick Ervinck (Artist, winner of the update_2 public award), Alain Thibault (Artistic Director of Elektra), Edwin Carels (Curator New Media exhibitions), Karen Helmerson (Program Director for Electronic Media, Film & Visual Art at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)) and Ralph Dum (Scientific officer and senior expert of the European Commission).

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Exhibition In Scotland At Centrespace at the Visual Research Centre Dundee

October 15th, 2016

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NEoN, now in its seventh year,  will feature The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis. Date – 9th – 30th November 2016

The internet of things meets a smart city head on in The Nemesis Machine is a large installation which is adapted to each place where it is displayed.  The artwork represents the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing and complex system. It visualises life in the metropolis on the basis of real time data transmitted from a network of sensors.

The artwork you see is a city of electronic components that reflect in real time what is happening. Small screens show pictures of the visitors so that they become part of the city. The artwork lies within the themes of the urban landscape, surveillance culture, privacy and connected city spaces.

The artwork also explores new ways of thinking about life, emergence and interaction within public space. 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.

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My wireless sensor network is set up to “visualize” the space all around us as ‘worlds’ full of data. These new data-spaces can help us understand the fundamentals of our outside environment.  The age of privacy is over. 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.