Stanza returns to Goldsmiths college to give a presentation; From Complexity to The City of Bits.

July 28, 2013 No comments »
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Stanza returns to Goldsmiths college to give a presentation at The Thursday Club.

The last ever presentation at the infamous Thurdsay Club run by Janis Jefferies

The Thursday Club is an open forum discussion group for anyone interested in the theories and practices of cross-disciplinarity, interactivity, technologies and philosophies of the state-of-the-art in today’s (and tomorrow’s) cultural landscape(s).

Art made By Stanza Parallel Reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 July 2013- The Emergent City. From Complexity to The City of Bits. Stanza

 

Goldsmiths
Ben Pimlott lecture theatre
6pm on Thursday 25th July 2013

http://doc.gold.ac.uk/thethursdayclub/?p=481

Stanza Portrait of The Artist

Portrait Of Stanza 2012

Portraits Of The Artist Stanza

May 4, 2013 No comments »
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Three Upcoming Exhibitions By British artist Stanza

March 14, 2013 No comments »
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Three Upcoming Exhibitions By British artist Stanza

FALMOUTH Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9EZ

Exhibition dates: 13th – 24th May 2013

Presenting Two Works:

A World of New Possibilities

The Singing Trees of Tremough

Stanza

This is a real time singing tree made from data in the and around the tree in situ in real time.

The signing Tree is made using data collected from the environment  using loads of motes sensors I have customised. And a new suite of software V2 has been made that helps the tree sing. The tree becomes virtual, dynamic, and encoded. The artwork disloses the underlying data that we see thats is changing all the time in front of us.

I am making a custom made speakers system all wireless to run off solar power with back – up batteries for the new version of the Tree sonification which uses real time environmental data.

 

Wyspa Institute of Art and Alternativa International Visual Arts Festival. Gdansk, Poland
May 24 until October 16th.

Presenting:-
Urban Generation; trying to imagine the world from everyone else’s perspective, all at once.  Urban Generation explores the emotional state of the metropolis and considers a world of universal surveillance. The artwork collects live CCTV feeds from 300 cameras in London in real time and reworks these video streams into multi-layered visual structures. The channels are always on, and therefore, the work is always changing – it depicts a constant and evolving view of the urban landscape and its inhabitants. This hasnt been shown for a while and the software has been checked and now uses more than 300 cameras around the city in real time. Awesome. Realy looking forward to  my first exhbition in Poland.
http://www.stanza.co.uk/urban_tapestry/index.html

 

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WATERMANS. 40 High Street, Brentford, West London, TW8 0DS

Opens 31 st May Close show 26 th July

Presenting:- I am excited about showing this in London for the first time. A new version of. “A Life In The Emergent City” which captures the changes over time in the environment (city) and represents the changing life and complexity of space as an emergent artwork. Capacities 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 and complex system. This version is bigger better and promises to be a little bit different.

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What you see is a sculpture which represents the emergent properties of the environment where the sensor network is situated.

Also on show will be several other new hyrid “involvement”s which will be presented during the exhbition.

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Stanza Metal Cities at Flux Jewellery School.

March 9, 2013 No comments »
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Stanza has been hand making over one hundred hand crafted metal cities at Flux Jewellery School.

I have been attending this jewellery course where I am learning  some skills of the old analogue metal trade at Flux Studios Jewellery School. Its a great space with loads of courses. I  attended the intermediate course and they  let me get on with my own work.  So far I  have made one hundred individual hand made cities called The City Of Dreams . There is no digital process involved, each city is based on simple codes and rules. They are approx 12cm across.

These analogue cities are deliberately made to appear like they are made by some computational digital process.  Each is like a 3d drawing, the metal used is pewter.

Artist. Stanza. 100 Cities. Individual hand made artwork and no digital process is involved. Flux Jewellery School. Learn Jewellery.

At Flux Jewellery School  they  cater for levels and allow students to develop their skills into the set projects. The courses also explore new ways to work and design with metal. Check out and learn to make jewellery yourself  http://www.fluxstudios.org/courses/

Stanza city artwork

URBAN AGE ELECTRIC CITY CONFERENCE REVIEW BY STANZA

December 10, 2012 No comments »
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URBAN AGE  ELECTRIC CITY  CONFERENCE. A worldwide investigation into the future of cities. LONDON 6-7 DECEMBER 2012.

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I went along to this….

Maybe it was the venue, the Electric Light station but too many speakers acknowledged the venue as a landmark  site and rooted themselves in anecdotal reflection while failing to jump into speculative imaginings of a smart, connected, intelligent city which is what I was hoping for.

The conference started at a tangent when  it was side tracked / hi jacked  by the political with the PM David Cameron and Mayor Boris Johnson announcing a new initiative showing to a crowded room of designers and architects how a 50 million pound building that would be sited on a roundabout would be the centre of a new technological age.

From Craig Calhoun onwards the word infrastructure was the default position or reference point and maybe quite rightly. As an observation even cities without any notable infrastructure seem to have and behave like cities. Cities are systems. Rem Koolhaas observed and documented this lucidly several years back in his film about Lagos.

The smart city will be a system that is designed or at least implemented and to evaluate  this  two things were missing:-  real world examples and speculative  approaches with answers. The conference needed to find the new questions revolving around not only the climate based  issue and new migrations but also  this issue of the control space and the new virtual borders. Richard Sennet was wrong to suggest this technology (ref fibre optics etc) is too expensive for people to have in their own homes. I have two wireless sensor networks that I have developed and it hasn’t stopped me commenting and taking apart. Individual will drives political change.

Cities change rapidly because of events. These can be anything from acts of god, to events in other systems that cause change through initial unpredictable behaviour. Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum referenced the shipping container. It caused mass changes in labour markets and intitated globalisation. Ten years after the container was invented thousands of dockers had lost their jobs. The process of a city butterfly effect has knock on consequences.

Saskia Sassen, brought in another anecdote about gentrification of poor urban areas which led to a revival of the space and local park because dog owners where forced to walk their dogs in the park thus reviving local and public space; thus demonstrating causal effect on the organic system of the city.

And as much as Richard Sennet argues for the horizontal against the vertical, I would speculate that lines don’t matter anymore in the smart city as everything can be reduced by closeness to in the virtual world to being next to one another. In the smart city everything is compressed. The network system can ignore both the horizontal and the vertical and just make the connection. One doesn’t need to travel up or along but through space.

Adam Greenfield remarked that the city is controlled from above. From Gods eye to the electronic eye the world has always been controlled from above except now we have all become Gods eye. Since we can acknowledge this the Electric City missed an opportunity to  offer new  perspectives on how the legal profession will deal with this very new multi point perspective that is now available to all. “Order might start from below” as Jane Jacobs noted  but control is now in the heavens. The new  technologies which I call the mother of big  brother  will oversee all battles that get played out in out future cites and will act on them as purposed. The question therefore is how do we re-purpose the technology?

A point which Wolfgang Pietsch, Munich Center for Technology in Society alluded to. He said increased experimentation leads to more control. IE social; forecasting and predictive modelling and visualisation might be part of the problem.

Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab  pointed to a few of his examples where sensing and actuators can allows something to ” start to speak ” and found that accidents in the machine can illustrate ways forward. However people always find a way, and generally it’s that of least resistance. Erik Spiekermann noted that like sheep we will take or own route forcing the design to change for us.

The focus also came back to politics on day two with Anthony Giddens, whose brilliant keynote hi jacked the whole agenda focusing the audience into a reality of risk based around the political will and agency of the climate change problem.

Which was illuminated by the quote of the conference from Tessa Jowell, Member of Parliament, UK; “trust it’s too high to aspire to”.

And in that one short statement she hi-lighted an inflexibility in the system. Trust is imperative in everything we do, it is something everyone should aspire to, and a politician who cannot aspire to be trusted cannot by default be trusted.  The generation that cannot aspire to be trusted needs to get out the way. No politics is better that un-trusted politics. All system will find a path, all dogs need to be walked, all cites change and evolve. Out future and the future of the smart city is based on trust, both in the technology that it can serve us all and the trust that if we work together and share knowledge it will be for a better city.

Anthony Giddens, hi-lighted the importance of the moment we are now in and stressed its significance. We live in an age of high risk but great opportunity.

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“Data as Culture” artwork made for the Open Data Institute (ODI).

November 30, 2012 No comments »
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Stanza dtata artworkI have just been commissioned and unveiled my artwork  made for the  Open Data Institute (ODI), and curated by Julie Freeman .  The work  is part  of “Data as Culture”…. “As data becomes more accessible to artists, as it opens up for use as a raw material, we are seeing more of its integration into works that explore environmental socio-political and economic aspects of society.

By utilising data in an experiential way, this selection of works pulls data out of the virtual domain and into our physical world. The exhibition provokes discussion around what open data is, how it informs and affects us, and how we interpret it in a way that is meaningful.”

Body 01000010011011110110010001111001 (2012) By Stanza. Body is a sculpture which responds to the emergent properties of the environment in South London where the artist’s wireless sensor network is situated. It represents the changing life and complexity of urban space as a dynamic, kinetic artwork. Real-time environmental data is embodied in Stanza’s life-size sculpture assembled from computer components and acrylic slices of his own physique. In ‘Body 01000010011011110110010001111001’ the urban environment provides a dynamic flickering and clicking sentience to the otherwise inert structure, reflecting the personal level of influence data has on an individual.

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British artist Stanza wins SHARE PRIZE 2012 in Torino for Capacities. A piece of work using real time data of the city.

November 1, 2012 No comments »
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The British artist Stanza  wins SHARE PRIZE 2012 in Torino for Capacities. A piece of work using real time data of the city. This artwork captures the changes over time in the environment (city) and represents the changing life and complexity of space as an emergent artwork. Its an artwork about the internet of things, smart cities and connecting spaces.
British artist Stanza In Italy

Jury Statement

What is the role of art today, in this moment of social transition towards the city of the future? It was from this perspective that the artists interpreted the theme Open Your City, exploring the key concepts word by word. The short-list of the Jury reflects the reappearing artistic interpretation of the modern urban landscape as system, where the solid element is replaced by the message, the information and the database, a real, but dematerialized city. Artists have been short-listed by an international jury, consisting of Simona Lodi, Carlo Ratti, Bruce Sterling and Mirjam Struppek, on the basis of the artistic value of their work and its relevance to the Share Prize theme.

Capacities: Real Time Complex – Connected Cities by British artist Stanza is an installation dedicated to the complexity of life in an environment. Changes in each of the spaces are monitored in real time, as they give rise to constant tensions, highlighting the behaviour of complex systems and the emergent properties that appear. In this case the organism is the city and not the single individual; it is the entire urban habitat as a whole, revealing its nature as a multifaceted system. The installation is the real-time mirror image of everything that changes, gathering huge amounts of data that are transformed aesthetically into a physical copy of the city, made up of cables, lights and sensors that represent shifts in environmental parameters measured numerically. The obsessive focus is on the observation of environmental data by gathering measurement on temperature, light, atmospheric pressure, noise and the sounds of the city outside the museum. Gathering digital data on the environment has become an art, and art has become a data set rather than a collection of molecules. The short-list of the Jury reflects the reappearing artistic interpretation of the modern urban landscape as system, where the solid element is replaced by the message, theinformation and the database, a real, but dematerialized city.

Le parole OPEN YOUR CITY sono la traccia tematica che ha guidato la mostra di Share Prize. Il premio ha come obiettivo scoprire, promuovere e sostenere le arti in epoca digitale. La selezione delle opere finaliste della mostra è dedicata agli artisti che interpretano l’innovazione come linguaggio di espressione artistica, in ogni modo e forma. Una giuria internazionale composta da Simona Lodi, Carlo Ratti, Bruce Sterling e Mirjam Struppek hanno scelto gli artisti in base all’aderenza al tema e al valore estetico dell’opera.

Dichiarazione della giuria

Quale è il ruolo dell’arte, in questo momento di transizione sociale verso la città del futuro? In quest’ottica gli artisti hanno interpretato il tema Open Your City, sviscerando le parole chiave. La short-list della giuria riflette l’interpretazione del riapparire artistico del paesaggio urbano moderno come sistema, dove l’elemento solido è sostituito dal messaggio, dalle informazioni e dai database, una città reale ma smaterializzata.

Capacities: Real Time Complex – Connected Cities dell’artista inglese Stanza dedica la sua installazione alla complessità della vita in determinato ambiente. Ogni ambiente è sottoposto a cambiamenti continui che sono monitorati in tempo reale. I cambiamenti portano continua tensione e stressano il concetto di linearità ed evidenziano le emergenze che compaiono. In questo caso l’organismo è la città e non il singolo cittadino ma l’intero complesso urbano, tracciandone il profilo come sistema multiforme. L’installazione è lo specchio in real-time di ciò che si modifica, raccogliendo grosse quantità di dati trasformati esteticamente in una copia della città ma fatta di cavi, luci e sensori che esprimono il passaggio degli elementi ambientali raccolti in forma numerica. L’attenzione insistente è osservare i dati ambientali raccogliendo la temperatura, la luce, la pressione atmosferica, il rumore, e il suono della città fuori dal museo. Raccogliere elementi numerici che riguardano l’ambiente è diventata un’arte e l’arte e’ diventata un insieme di dati piuttosto che un insieme di molecole.

http://www.stanza.co.uk/capacities/index.html

 

 

Portraits Of The Artist Stanza

October 30, 2012 No comments »
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Stanza Portrait of The Artist

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Stanza exhibits city wide data installation Verenigd Koninkrijk, Capacities. Update_4. Gent.

September 24, 2012 No comments »
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Welkom op de website van de New Technological Art Award 2012, een internationale kunstwedstrijd van de Stichting Liedts-Meesen die deel uitmaakt van onze biënnale Update. Kom kijken naar het werk van de genomineerden van 22 september tot en met 18 november 2012.

Stanza, Verenigd Koninkrijk, Capacities

Locaties:
Zebrastraat – Zebrastraat 32/001 – 9000 Gent – Belgium – www.zebrastraat.be

New Technological Art Award 2012, een internationale kunstwedstrijd van de Stichting Liedts-Meesen In 2012 organiseert de Stichting Liedts-Meesen Update_4 in het kader van het project Zebrastraat en in navolging van de eerste drie Update-biënnales.

In Update_4 wordt de filosofie van de vorige edities behouden maar leggen we nieuwe accenten. In het verleden gingen de tentoonstellingen gepaard met de New Technological Art Award Liedts-Meesen die meer en meer op de belangstelling van de kunstenaars en het publiek kon rekenen. Onze focus ligt nu op de presentatie van deelnemers van de wedstrijd NTAA en bestaat uit:

-een grotere bijdrage van nieuwe technologieën in de kunst
-een verhoging van het aantal genomineerden van 10 naar 20
-een presentatie van één naar drie locaties in België : de Zebrastraat in Gent, La Cambre en iMAL in Brussel

Uit de meer dan 300 inzendingen waarvan 20 kunstwerken geselecteerd werden, vallen een aantal typerende thema’s te traceren. Ondanks het feit dat onze dagelijkse perceptie in een grote mate gedomineerd wordt door virtuele werelden en onder invloed staat van de eigentijdse technologie, kunnen verschillende werken onder het landschappelijk genre gecategoriseerd worden. Opvallend is evenwel de verwerking van diverse parameters die het kunstwerk via een technische transfer veranderlijk en de beleving ervan multisensorisch maakt. Mapping betekent in deze context niet zozeer een cartografische variant, maar includeert eveneens het flaneren, cruisen of dwalen. In een gegeven geografie vertaalt zich dit vaak in een (mechanische) choreografie waarin parameters als licht en geluid expressief gemanipuleerd worden. De luciditeit in een aantal werken kent een tegengewicht in de reflectie over eindigheid, dood en in een enkel geval opent dit zich cynisch en hyperbolisch tot het contemporaine euthanasiedebat. Items als identiteit en communicatie vormen een belangrijk inhoudelijk substraat waarin gegevens als sociale netwerken, privacy, hacking, spam verwerkt worden. De interactiviteit bij vele inzendingen doet een beroep op een actieve toeschouwer die zich vaak geconfronteerd ziet met keuzemogelijkheden of beslissingen die men dient te nemen.

Stanza artwork Capacities

 

Art that explores questions raised by modern society – about privacy, surveillance culture….

September 23, 2012 No comments »
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STANZA’s art explores questions raised by modern society – about privacy, surveillance culture, and who owns the data that is regularly collected about all of us – often using modern technologies to create his pieces. Since he first started exhibiting his works in 1984, STANZA has strived to create cutting edge art that deals with current issues. In the process he has won several impressive awards, including an AHRC arts fellowship, and has seen his work featured in over 50 different exhibitions globally.

Ahead of a installation of one of his works “Capacities” in Ghent, Belgium in September, Solomon Radley met with him, in front on a computer monitor at his studio in South London, to talk in depth about what he does over coffee.

Hey, how’s it going? Would you begin by telling me a bit about what you do?

STANZA: The things that I’m interested in are ‘surveillance space’, which is the idea of the city as having become a panopticon – this idea that we’re in a prison and we can be observed at all times, from all perspectives, all at once, and particularly in real time.

I use various technologies to do that, like CCTV and wireless sensor networks. Over the years, firstly I’ve developed a strong understanding of what these technologies can do in terms of learning about them, but also I’m having to develop for them, so I’ve learned how to develop hardware and software. You may think I’m a technologist – I see myself as a creative technologist, and I also see that artists are engineers, so they have to understand the technologies that they use, and the mediums that they use in order to get output.

To bring that into perspective, we can look at some artworks…

Sure thing. Would you expand on your thought that the city is a sort of prison?

STANZA: Urban Generation is a piece I did in relation to this idea of the city being a panopticon. Let’s say, in modernist terms, an artist would go out and collect assets – he might use a recording device or a camera – it would be a still, linear asset, and it would never change. It’s possible to actually conceive of the city as a moving physical entity, moving forward in time all the time. How is it possible to use new technologies to actually gain a representation of this, and use it in a culturally meaningful way?

Urban Generation attempts to imagine the world from everyone else’s perspective all at once. If I’m giving a talk, what I try and do is – to illustrate the conceptual shift – I say: “I’d like you to close your eyes, and I’d like you to imagine yourself in a place in London. I’m going to do the same and I’m going to take a single mental snapshot, and I’d like you all in the room to take your single snapshot. Now, I’d like you to imagine the view of the people sitting next to you to your left and to your right, so you have three images multiplied together. There’s 300 people in the room; I’d like you to merge all of these 300 images together. And now not like a film, (because if we used a film we’d be recording the same images) what I’d like you to do is to move these images forward in real time.”

This is the idea I’m trying to capture with this piece of work.

A lot of your work is concerned with the question of who owns the information that is regularly collected about people, and with re-claiming that information. Tell me about this idea.

STANZA: I make artworks that arise from my research into these themes – the themes being ‘control space’ and ‘surveillance space’ and issues with privacy. What I’m doing, which is sort of new ground, is that I’m hacking access to a network and re-appropriating the data and information, and I’m re-contextualizing to give it a wider meaning. I want to show that you can do something positive with this data.

Other works where I’m interested in the control and ownership of data include this website called GenoMixer, where I fully sequenced my blood. In a sense this looks like artist self-portraiture, but I was interested in thedomain space – the public domain space – that’s inside our bodies.

We have this huge line of code – 3.3 billion letters – and it basically has an economic value. The proposal here is to IPO (Initial Public Offering) the project on the stock market, and to give everyone a share of the derivable intellectual royalties. For example, if somebody else wanted to investigate your DNA in a medical program they’d have to pay you. If some other company discovered the cancer gene because you were on the police forensic database you could say “No it’s copyrighted – it’s on the GenoMixer database”.

It just so happens that I also made a series of self-portraits with them…

One of the most obvious types of information that is commonly collected about the general public is video images gathered by CCTV, and this is something you often look at. What are your thoughts about CCTV?

STANZA: Let’s look at “Urban Generation – trying to imagine the world from everyone else’s perspective, all at once“. What we’ve got here is: each square on this four-by-four grid is making calls to over 100 cameras in London in real time. This is a parallel reality, using live network data to re-appropriate it over the network and use it for something else. For example, this could be used as an extension on landscape painting.

Why this has become quite interesting, and the reason I mention these modernist aspects that are fixed, is that this work is never the same. You could look at it even now, on a different monitor, and it would be different: It’s not the Mona Lisa – where every time you look at the work you experience the same thing – there’s an added problem here.

Another interesting question here is: Is what we’re looking at the artwork? On July 7th in 2005 they switched this entire network off because of the terrorist attacks. Well my system still worked, it’s just that the output – which is what connects a viewer to the system – is shifted.

This [Public Domain Responsive Architecture Facade] is the same concept using CCTV, observing the whole of the city but making it transparent. Why would you want to make your movements open and transparent? Why would you want to let CCTV be seen by everybody? This is a building with its outer surfaces displaying images that are embedded in the city – all the stuff on the outside of the building is shifting in terms of the real time properties of that city. In a sense, you (as the observed individual) become part of the building and part of the city, and this opens up the idea of transparent architecture and transparent space.

Public Domain is another work along the same theme, where I gave CCTV cameras away to members of the public, to open up this idea of CCTV networks. People sometimes say that they’ve got nothing to hide, and to nothing to fear…I think that’s a problematic statement. I’m not coming down on a particular side of the fence here, but it seems to me that we’ve opened Pandora’s box, and there’s a whole series of legislative and ethical issues that aren’t being addressed.

Hopefully what I’m doing in these artworks is to draw attention to the fact that there’s a whole series of potential problems that we’re walking in to.

You also play with collected data, which you use to create interactive works or installations where real-time changes are caused by environmental factors…

STANZA: We’ve already looked at my CCTV system. There’s another one, which uses wireless sensors/wireless nodes. You scatter them across the city, and they talk to each other in a network grid.

This research started in 2004 as a result of an AHRC grant that I was awarded, and I was trying to find a system I could use as open source hardware and software, that would monitor the whole city space. I’ve scattered these sensors around a city to generate visualisations and sonifications in various cities. For my first project [Sensity] they were output onto a visual globe.

So, now what I was interested in doing is looking at this real time data, that’s now everywhere, and seeing if I could do something else with it – if I could make art with it.

Equally, in Sonicity I deliberately put a whole load of speakers on the floor and connected them all up to make it look like a map, and somewhere else (in another part of the world) that data is being collected from my network and being spat out onto the internet via an XML stream. In arty terms, maybe I’m “painting with data” – the data has become the medium. With this data I’m painting a sonification of the real time landscape.

The second thing I was trying to think about, as part of this thinking process, was all the stuff that’s being collected about us – not just my data, but tax data and medical records – which could be used because of the way it changes and shifts from one thing to the next to power other events:

With CapacitiesI made…let’s call it a sculpture…a sculpture of computer parts that looks like a city, and would be powered by events changing somewhere else in real time. In this version of Capacities, all the lights and fans, and all the parts that change, do so because of other things happening in the world in real time.

The reason I’m trying to do that is that there seem to be other values that people are missing in terms of the things that are happening to us, and the world, in real time. We’ve become bodies residing in a ‘data space’. Everything around us is the data space and by default we interact with it – even small movements displace millions of atoms.

I conceive of this post-modern world in which movements are just moving a series of 0s and 1s. I can measure the 0s and 1s that I’m displacing by moving around. This interactive process is embedded in the work by default.

Visitors to a Gallery… is quite an important work, in that it opens up the gallery space as an artwork. For example, these two people that are pictured aren’t actually in this room – they’re in another room in another part of the gallery, so they’re embedded in the artwork that you’re viewing. Everybody in the architectural space becomes part of the artwork, and this happens in real time – it’s not recorded, and it’s not a film. So I utilize the technology in the space (the CCTV system).

Secondly, what’s happening here is that there are a series of proximity sensors that affect this as an algorithm – as you walk around this space all of these images oscillate/vibrate slightly.

So when you’re in the room, viewing this artwork, you’re at the same time generating an artwork for someone else in another room?

STANZA: And you’re in the work you’re viewing yourself, through your interaction with the sensors.

That’s also happening in Seeing Through Walls, where there are little cameras and monitors, so you become embedded in the same artwork as it’s being broadcast live, or in this piece where you can see through to people on the other side of the wall.

I was actually in a Greek club where they had something like that – the mirrors in the toilet let you see yourself, but also the women doing their makeup in the adjacent toilets…

STANZA: Ha! No wonder their ecomony’s gone down the pan…

Moving on from that, my work splits into this idea of using real time networks and investigating different ways of interacting with public space.

Here’s a strange project called The Binary Graffiti Club, where I got a load of people to dress up in hoodies with 0s and 1s on their backs, and they go round the city making binary graffiti – painting little coded messages onto the city.

Anything in particular?

STANZA: Well…no. I don’t want to be too specific about this, because… Well here’s a piece going back to the DNA project (the open source bit). If you sit in the gallery for…this has been online for seven years: If it was exhibited in a gallery you could get my open source DNA, and you could go off and replicate me, but it changes a letter once every second so you’d have to sit there for 104 years with a pen and paper. The same is true of the binary graffiti club – if you want to know what the message is, you have to sit there and transcribe it and translate it.

One letter from STANZA’s DNA code – the letters are shown in order, one per second for the 104 year project

This led from another piece of work – A City of Bits – as well as this performance that was laid down in the form of this sushi: I invited 12 people, after the disciples, and asked them to come and eat this coded sushi message. So, this is a coded message that they eat, and then they all put their own message back into a jar which I’ve now destroyed. I’ve transcribed those messages here…

You have a performance coming up in Texas soon – tell me a bit about what you’ll be doing.

STANZA: In Soundcities, using a recording device, I’ve been to all these different cities, recording sounds which are attached to Google Maps, and you can visit lots of cities in the world…

The key to this is the database; you can see the sounds, arranged in different categories, and you can create a performance by picking a selection of them and building up rhythms. This is what I do with my performances, except I have the same thing on a couple of machines, and I might mix it with sounds from churches, etc. It’s basically a live world tour of city sounds as music: the machines are connected to a mixing desk, images are coming from the website projects.

During the eight years I’ve been doing these performances, they’ve been heavily focused on the sounds of cities, the database live and soundmaps.

So this database can be used in performances, but the key here is that the database is open source, and other people can contribute to this community of sounds. There’s lots of other projects that have come from this, but the most important bit is this. This XML feed shows the sound, and its longitude/latitude, and although this is just a line of code it basically means that anyone else can use this to write their own apps.

What I’m doing that’s unique here is: it’s like an artist of the past allowing someone into their studio to work in parallel with them.

www.stanza.co.uk

Inside surveillance artworks.

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Complex-cities. Art, mapping, within the new digitised city space. Some links for interested parties

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The Nememis Machine By StanzaComplex-cities. Under the new digitised city space from artists walks to virtual cities.

Around the 1900 century the city became the focal point for an intense debate about the dynamics of technological civilization and its effects on the quality of human life. The Futurist manifesto of 1909 identified the city as the pre eminent theme of modern poetry and painting.

Ezra Pound pointed out in his comments on Eliot’s The Waste Land: “ the life of the village is narrative…..In a city the visual impressions succeed one another, overlap, overcross, they are cinematographic”.

The city ceases to be pictured as a social environment and it is transposed on to an existential plane. The metropolis ultimately becomes a metaphor – a dynamic configuration of the confiding hopes and fears of the twentieth century.

Writing played a huge part in the metaphorical and poetic interpretation of world cities. But it is through cinema that we can appreciate the scale, pace movement and patterns that where emerging in the modernist city.

The imagined city is constructed in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1926). It is an imagined city, a city of the future a city that is seen time and time again in modern science fiction films like The Fifth Element.

Lang referred to The Tower of Babel, the massive control tower in Metropolis is called “The New Tower Of Babel. The comparison to Babylon within the city has become common in metaphorical language of the city ever since cities really became too large for easy assimilation. Lang’s city thus becomes a city of “idea”.

 

The flanuer.

While Baudelaire characterized the flâneur as a “gentleman stroller of city streets”, he saw the flâneur as having a key role in understanding, participating in and portraying the city. A flâneur thus played a double role in city life and in theory, that is, while remaining a detached observer.

This stance, simultaneously part of and apart from, combines sociological, anthropological, literary and historical notions of the relationship between the individual and the greater populace.

This term refers to a person who plays a sensor role in understanding the urban environment.

Any pedestrian environment that accommodates leisurely exploration of city streets. Walter Benjamin adopted the concept of the urban observer both as an analytical tool and as a lifestyle….. making social and aesthetic observations during long walks.

The wrap it seems, is the collections of observations about the cityspace. These can be made into histories and documented, sights and sounds, experiences of the city.

The flaneur is a suitable metaphoric vehicle for the ‘witnessing’ of this space because ‘the flaneur moves through space and among the people with a viscosity that both enables and priviledges vision.’

Being a product of modernity, he was a spectator of modern life in the urban sprawl; now a product of post-modernity, the cyborg-flaneur is an androgynous spectator of virtual spaces.

A person’s whose aim is to disappear in the spaces of the city – ‘a prince who is everywhere in possession of his incognito’ – is the person who has the best view of the basic nature of cyberspace, a space where anonymonity is maintained by a process of vaporisation upon departure.

The flaneur is also an ‘image of movement through the social space of modernity’ – an explorer who finds their identity among the realizations of the city. The cyber-flaneur’s exploration of virtual spaces is achieved through their natural propensity for movement; they wander anonymously within the boundaries of virtual space, developing a virtual identity while connected.”

The SituationistCity.

A precursor of flash mobs, CCTV performances, interactions with GPS and networked performance the Situationists existed to politicize the urban domain.

The networked internet and virtual city space allows the movement of sources and codes that can be re mashed, played with to be “re-routed”.

By cutting up maps of the city Guy Debord and Asger Jorn where re coding city space, creating new patterns and urban forms. Or see Constant’s, “North New Babylon”, watercolour on collage. It is a single continuous organic structure spreading to the edges across the landscape. Unit blocks are repeating in an organic web like structure. The most famous of these images was “The Naked City”, criticises traditional mapping and at the same time investigates the relationship between various urban elements by re- assembling the map of Paris.

“Situationists promised that their architecture would one day revolutionise everyday life and release the ordinary citizen into a world of experiment, anarchy and play.” Simon Sadler.

The HP media platform for mobile computing the city based games using GPS tracking all continue this theme of playing in city space.

Simon Sadler, draws a comparison between Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (1950) an  (p87  The Situationsit City) abstract expressionist painting, and the webs traced by both Paris metro and London railways maps. Debord insisted that interest was because of the content however the aesthetic comparison cannot be ignored.

Future Cities

Future cities will be merged into real time connected up data cities connection of networks of real time information flows.

The internet presents of a myriad ways to create ephemeral art across cross networks using all sorts of data information and media. The internet provides gateways and access for all, the editing process, mash-ups, authors as editors, as choice makers, as decision makers.

The key to a multi/plicities project is the nature and openess of the gateways so that its acts without borders.

One has to experiment with the technology and understand how to get under the bonnet, and then new  outcomes will shed light on how data flows overlap in live streams demonstrating what are the possibilities for novel artistic experiences and outputs as well as new business models which will benefit from sonifications, visualizations, and sculptural objects; as well as apps, and feedback into other networks and intergrated systems.

By researching current systems, software, and artworks one can  come to an understanding about the social and ethical implications of such technologies both in artworks as well as public domain space and to speculate where these technologies could lead us in the future.

 

Future cities / spaces will be merged into real time connected up data cities.  A connection of networks of real time information flows. The results created lead to mashed up cities and real time performative city experiences.

There fore can one build an open ended platform  where the content too can be mashed up , intergrated into  non linear streams, re- assembled, used by other artists, curators, via tag  or XML streams.

(NB: I don’t like the term open source or but my work endeavours to collapse the borders created by networks so there is a free flow and exchange through the system both for input and outputs of ideas and latterly resources which I call assets (the data and the information.)

The examples below are experiments around the world in this field of location based devices maps and artworks that all have varying objectives. They mostly I believe have developed without speculating on future content delivery  scenarios.

From a recent essay with my work (Issues In Science And Technology, Spring 2012.) … “the more people online contributing ideas,  the more valuable the network becomes to all the other users”…Hillary Rodman Clinton

So the objective is to  maker a platform that  makes it easy to  contribubute from the first instancee whose structure or front might be re/ assembled depending on the flow / need/ content narrative)

Interesting links.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19267930

“It’s a good way to tell the story of a person. And we all have a story. Both the farmer, the director, they all have a story. And also it makes a visit to the graveyard much more interesting.”

http://www.notours.org/audioguides

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NoTours proposes an augmented aurality experience. In other words, you can add a new layer of reality to your place. You can leave messages, tell stories, create geolocated concerts or just share your thoughts. The team of noTours.org is looking forward to know your ideas and your possible uses. In fact we are artists and developers. Take a look at some of the sound walks we have made in the world. Some companies and individuals have already asked us about creating their own customized walks. They offer you the possibility of having your own app with your logos
http://code.google.com/p/timemap/

Timemap.js is a Javascript library to help use online maps, including Google, OpenLayers, and Bing, with a SIMILE timeline. The library allows you to load one or more datasets in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

http://www.soundcities.com/

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Stanza sound maps, softwares, performances and installations around the of many cities, big investigation around the city soundscape. he interesting thing now is the project is opened up for others allowing a re mixing or mash up. It allows these “others” to do with the “material” other things for example concerts and art installations. Using the XML feed other applications are created ie phone apps merged with you PS position or visualisation of noise across a space…all sorts of things are possible.

Regeneration squares

http://www.stanza.co.uk/stanza_regeneration/index.html

Re-animating and remapping the city. This project involves making new public squares in the city to make a regeneration of the city. Here area selection of these new squares in Liverpool. In addition I invite the public to find these squares and present situations to intervene and to regenerate these new public spaces.

http://www.huellasolar.com/

Solar-imprint cities (Huellasolar ciudades) is a project for mapping urban solar exposure. This mapping is dynamically configurable by the user to study the incidence of the sun at any time of year in various cities in Spain.

http://www.sonicwonders.org/

This a travel guide to our Sound World – listing places where what you hear is an important part of the experience. Increasingly, people are going to capture the World’s sonic wonders, whether deliberately by recording what they hear on a mobile phone, or almost by accident, as the soundtrack on a video recording. A sort of travel the world listening to  sounds guide.

http://voiceofkibera.org/

Voice of Kibera aims to give collective global voice to Kibera residents by aggregating local citizen reports, Kibera community media and other relevant news and information.

http://birdmap.5dvision.ee/index.php?lang=en#

At this url you can  track on a “migration map” some birds travelling between Europe and Africa.

http://www.equator.ac.uk/index.php/articles/c61

As mobile phones and computers become more complex, the range of media that affect our experiences of cities has expanded. What makes a city meaningful to us is not just its bricks and mortar, but the texts we read, people we talk to and experiences we have. Maps, conversations and images of a city all influences our activity and enjoyment. City focuses on bridging or blurring the boundaries between these different media. The systems we build mix local interactions and remote collaboration, using ubicomp technology, digital maps, virtual environments and hypermedia.

http://www.beatrizdacosta.net/pigeonblog.php

Art project Pigeonblog was a collaborative endeavour between homing pigeons, artists, engineers and pigeon fanciers engaged in a grassroots scientific data gathering initiative designed …. How could animals help us in raising awareness to social injustice?

http://www.christinakubisch.de/english/install_induktion.htm

“Electrical walks”, is an invitation to a very special kind of stroll in cities (or elsewhere) With a special magnetic headphone and a map of the environs, upon which the possible routes and especially interesting electrical fields are marked, the visitor can set off on his own or in a group. The perception of everyday reality changes when one listens to the electrical fields; what is accustomed appears in a different context. Nothing looks the way it sounds. And nothing sounds the way it looks.

 

http://www.conormcgarrigle.com/writing_the_city.htm

Writing the city was a GPS drawing walk intervention which took place in Dublin in collaboration with Tactic. The walk with a handheld GPS to a preplanned route used the tracklog to write a giant word in a single movement onto Dublin.

http://www.walkingthroughtime.co.uk/

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Walking Through Time is a mobile application that allows smart phone users with built-in GPS to not only find themselves in the present, but find themselves in the past. By making available historical UK maps, users will be able to scroll through time and navigate places using maps that are hundreds of years old. This new iPhone app brings this imagination to reality. Just head out for a walk, set the app to play, and let the story of the birth of the solar system and the evolution of life unfold under your feet.

http://www.urban-atmospheres.net/Jabberwocky/info.htm

Jabberwocky captures a unique, synergistic moment – expanding urban populations, rapid adoption of Bluetooth mobile devices, and widespread influence of wireless technology across our urban landscapes. The United Nations has recently reported that 48 percent of the world’s population current live in urban areas and that this number is expected to exceed the 50 percent mark by 2007,

http://www.storymashup.org/

Manhattan Story Mashup is an urban game, taking place on September 23rd 2006 in Manhattan, New York City. During the event, approximately 250 players will move around Manhattan, taking photos which match a given target.

http://www.savetheelephants.org/tracking.html

Save the Elephants uses Google Earth to visualize our elephant tracking data from across Africa. Google Earth is the rich mapping application that will allow you to fly through a global database of Earth imagery and detailed mapping information.
http://www.atmosphereindustries.com/gentrification/

A transmedia game, which uses mobile technology to facilitate and augment offline gameplay. It has been presented at game and culture festivals around the world to critical acclaim. Small teams compete to collect real-world properties, “convert” them, and transform the neighbourhood. As developers, they’ll build swanky lofts, erect coffee shops, and raise property values

http://realtime.waag.org/

GPS trace maps built into flash all online.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/keir.clarke/web/thereandthen.htm

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Historical movies on Google Streetview  (Looks Like a screenshot of streeview)

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=209536004200975525899.0004af02bf59e643ac521

Geolocate the painted tags in the mountains of Lima:

http://www.google.com/mars/  Google Mars is a great tool but when shall we geolocate our own information on Mars and the other planets in our solar system ?…that is the question.
Streetmuseum™ Londinium directs you to locations across the capital where you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Roman London. As you’re guided around the city you’ll unearth exquisite artefacts as if discovering them for the first time and reveal the stories of life in Londinium (OFFLINE)

http://www.boxofficequant.com/100-years-of-set-locations/full_screen.htm

This map, showing 2100 movies locations is a great resource for people who want to geolocate the scenes of the movies in a “Walking Cinema” spirit. It could be a great starting point fo a mobile phone app.
http://www.paintyourstreet.com/

On the website “Paint Your Street” Google Maps mashup you can write words over the Street Maps view ! Nice idea ( full of script errors)

http://glowapp.com/

***Glow is the mobile app that tells people how you are doing and where you are doing it. Download Glow and discover how people around the world are feeling right now! (Use the map view to reveal areas near you where people are feeling good. We use color to show you how people are feeling as a group. Blue is “awesome” and red is, well…”not so awesome”.)

http://www.markermusic.com/

Interesting use of Google Maps for mixing locative audio recordings. “you can click and hold on the map to move it around, and use the YouTube volume controls to change the mix” :

http://sounds.bl.uk/uksoundmap/fusionmap.aspx

UK Sound Map is a online “soundscape” project from the British Library Board and the “Noise Futures” network. Welcome to our interactive map showing 1675 soundscape recordings contributed so far by members of the public: (now closed)

http://whatwasthere.com/ What Was There is A great project with Google Maps to travel in time…visit the site and test the iphone app !

http://urbansonar.com/

Urban Sonar is a personal space monitoring system that senses an individual’s experience as they move through the urban environment and records that information for review at a later time. Turning the gaze both outward and inward, negative

space surrounding the individual and their heart rate are used to visualize a lived experience through quantitative data.The visualization program was writting in Processing.
http://pixelsix.net/wanderer-gps-game/

Keep Walking! from Jonas Hansen. The object of the GPS game Wanderer is to be in continuous motion and to follow auditive commands given by the game system. Because the game is not mapped onto the coordinates of the physical space, it can be played in any location. The player is continuously con fronted with the objects in public space functioning as game obstacles. In this way the game trans­forms the meaning of the

http://www.thehiddenpark.com/

It seems to be a geolocated game for children but it is really more than this. This app and the editing tool is full of great ideas, mixind reality with animations. Let’s hack The Hidden Park for some activists purposes 😉

http://imapflickr.com/default.aspx

Create custom Google Maps from your geotagged Flickr Photos to embed in your website or blog, or for sending to Facebook, Twitter or your favourite website.

 

Walking.

http://walkart.wordpress.com/

A virtual tour of Stuttgart and London

August 6, 2012 by Ana Laura

A walk with Amy’ functions as an urban drift, in which each participant is simultaneously a spectator and traveling companion, tourist and tour operator. The intimacy of an unknown voice can lead to unexpected insights and connections, noticing details we might have overseen, as we share cities across a remote landscape. ‘A walk with Amy’ asks what is worthy of attention – without road names or landmarks, what will function as signposts and how will we make our choices?

New Artworks involved with walking

http://walkart.wordpress.com/artworks/

Misc

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/London-Wall/Whats-on/Exhibitions-Displays/LomoWall.htm

The Museum of London has collaborated with Lomography – the vibrant community dedicated to analogue photography – to create an eye-catching LomoWall display.

 

Books

http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=ATC+5

The convergence of mobile technologies and ubiquitous computing is creating a world where information-rich environments may be mapped directly onto urban topologies. This book tracks the history and genesis of locative and wearable media and the ground-breaking work of pioneer artists in the field. It examines changing concepts of space and place for a wide range of traditional disciplines ranging from Anthropology, Sociology, Fine Art and Architecture to Cultural and Media Studies, Fashion and Graphic design.

 

Cities. Visualisation Environment

http://flowingcity.com/

http://villevivante.ch/

The City of Geneva decided to take the challenge to visualize these digital traces created by our mobile phones. The objective of this installation is to make this data visible and allow you to explore these streams of connected people around the city, in their everyday life. A particle flow-field inspired map provides a view of the ‘liveliness’ of the people using their cell phone as they move about, as the activities and directions are embodied by the density of lines shown on the map.

http://stamen.com/clients/mysociety

Interactive maps of travel time and housing prices in London. an NGO which builds websites that give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives, came to Stamen with a remit to explore two fascinating datasets: median prices of homes throughout London, and the time it takes to travel from one place to another throughout the city.

http://www.emotionmap.net/map.htm

The Bio Mapping device was invented by the artist Christian Nold. It combines a finger cuff sensor, which records the wearer’s Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) – an index of emotional response – in conjunction with a Global Positioning System (GPS) which locates the wearer’s position on earth. The finger cuff sensor was derived from the Polygraph, where it is used by law enforcement agencies to identify the physiological symptoms of stress induced by lying. Bio Mapping uses this technology very differently.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/urbancomputing/

Urban Computing With the rapid progress of urbanization and civilization on earth, urban computing is emerging as a concept where every sensor, device, person, vehicle, building, and street in the urban areas can be used as a component to probe city dynamics to further enable city-wide computing for serving people and their cities. Urban computing aims to enhance both human life and urban environment smartly through a recurrent process of sensing, mining, understanding, and improving.

http://casualdata.com/senseofpatterns/

Sense of Patterns is an on-going project, a series of printed data visualizations aiming to depict the behaviors of masses in different public spaces. The visualizations have a focus on the patterns of moving entities in public like commuters, cars and public transportation vehicles as well as the interaction between these entities and physical structures like roads, sidewalks, buildings and parks. The project intends to provide strong visuals on what we all experience in our daily lives in different cities.

http://www.techcitymap.com/index.html#/

Tech City Map is a constantly-evolving compendium of East London’s vibrant technology and creative ecosystem. In addition to showing where businesses are located Tech City Map uses advanced technology from Trampoline Systems to reveal the web of connections linking them together and calculate each company’s influence in the community.

https://geoloqi.com/blog/2012/03/data-portraits-powered-by-3-5-years-of-data-and-2-5-million-gps-points/

These are images of map generated entirely from GPS logs gathered by various versions of the Geoloqi sample application for iPhone and Android for the past 3.5 years. Once gathered, the data was run through a custom script that projects the GPS logs onto a 2D image plane. There is a little bit of logic to smooth out the lines and remove some (but not all) GPS noise.

Other

mobilebristol (now offline)

Founded by Hewlett Packard Laboratories, the University of Bristol and the Appliance Studio, Mobile Bristol’s programme of research ran from 2002-2005. It investigated how pervasive technology could be used to enhance how residents and visitors experience and interact with their physical environment and each other in urban and public spaces.

Cityware with Imperial

Sensity by Stanza

Sensible cities MIT

London AA

Dog attention Over 115,000,000 views

 

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Three Stanza exhibitions currently on show

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1. Madrid. Fundación Telefónica Arte y Vida Artificial. VIDA 1999-2012. April – Dec 2012.

This exhibition project, curated by Karin Ohlenschläger, makes clear how the concept of artificial life in relation to art and the existence of different ways to investigate and deal with the dialogue between art and new technologies and exhibits previous winners including Stanza for the “The Central City”  project an internet art  project from 1997 – 2004.

Stanza data city

2. Austin Texas “The Future Of  Imagination” Friday September 7th 2012.

Stanza will perform Soundcities. (www.soundcities.com). During the performance Stanza operates the soundcities applications and soundmaps on three laptops these generate sound control data and image data. This is basically a live world tour of city sounds as music. These machines are connected to a mixing desk. Images are coming from the website projects.

3. Zebrastraat Ghent from the 14th  until the 22st  September. Stanza will exhibit Capacities.. (http://www.stanza.co.uk/capacities/index.html) “Capacities Life In The Emergent City” captures the data changes over time in the environment and represents the changing life and complexity of real time space as an emergent artwork. What you see is a sculpture representing the emergent properties of the environment the sensors network is placed situated.

The Internet of Things. PART III The Third Space. Connecting Data Spaces To Make Artworks.

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The Internet of Things. PART  III The Third Space.

Future Avatar Cities.

I proposed in a recent interview for The Internet of Things Council  (http://tinyurl.com/3trotzq) that future cities will be merged into real time connected up data cities. Not just one space, but a connection of networks and of real time information flows. The results created will lead to mashed-up cities and real time performative city experiences.

Stanza Generative software map maker.

I am now interested in how this shared dataspace can overlap,  creating a new space in between, which only two nodes share, a future avatar city.  The aim here is to give tangible form to this new space, the space where the cities overlap, presenting an alternative urban virtual environment. In the prototype the audience sees the data  and will be able to mix data from cities; they can even mix the data to make music with it.  This novel approach allows a critical reflection on the real time city.

The Third Space speculates that social sensing might lead to a new social space and eventually a new business enterprises which can be exploited.  What is possible is that significant breakthroughs in knowledge about the shared data experience can be achieved through user-based interfaces online, on mobiles , media facades and other platform (multi distrubution will spawn micro businness.

In the last few years several systems have been deployed to monitor city environments. Mostly they exist as isolated networks.  My plan is to ask them to link up. This takes a step towards the “City of Bits” that Bill Mitchell talks about.

Future cities will be merged into real time connected up data cities.  A connection of networks of real time information flows as demonstrated in trials for Stanza’s earlier AHRC funded project (Sensity). The Third Space works impacts on how data flows overlap in live streams, demonstrating the possibilities for novel artistic experiences and technical outputs, including sonifications, visualizations, and sculptural objects.

Dewayne Hendricks says: “We’ve connected more people, but we haven’t connected more things yet;  we’re getting a convergence now, but what’s missing are the people that are advocates of this intelligent device stuff.”  The Third Space joins the dots and offers this vision thereby creating the potential for maximum impact.

The Third Space creates outputs that directly show how networks can be connected and data harvested for creative uses. In the last few years several cities have started to use motes sensors to create data spaces as test beds including Newcastle and soon Santander. The Third Space also impacts on Connected Environments, Smart Places, Smart Cities, Wireless Sensor Networks.

By using the standardized XML data streams that were developed  previously  to make the data / city available in the public domain. The aim is to improve this availability and connect up multiple data spaces (cities) to show the impact on our experience of the city, and thus create an ecosystem prototype. The data environment becomes a virtual data map of the real events.  What is demonstrated is that the collected data can be re-made reconstituted to be real again enabling physical objects to interpret the virtualised city data. The analogue is made digital and the digital can be re-formed into a variety of output devices.

One has to experiment with the technology and understand how to get under the bonnet, and then new  outcomes will shed light on how data flows overlap in live streams demonstrating what are the possibilities for novel artistic experiences and outputs as well as new business models which will benefit from sonifications, visualizations, and sculptural objects; as well as apps, and feedback into other networks and intergrated systems.

Image: Stanza. These are Our Children.

Problems inside 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 up, separate us, divide us, create more borders. Will the securitization of city space create digital borders that monitor our movement and charge us for our own micro movements inside the system?

The result will be used to test the main hypothysis which is I believe there is a new social space that exists in between these independent networks. What happens when future cities are merged into real time connected up data cities. The results created will lead mashed up cities and real time performative city experiences.  For example how can we  merge collected data from various real time cities to visualise this new space, the space where the cities overlap. This could allude to a new architectural and urban virtual space.

This might also allow for a greater community of interpreters and beneficiaries to see, and to come to their own understandings arising from this data about our socially-networked environment.  (as the data in this projects is open source via XML.

Will the securitization of city space create digital borders that monitor our movement and charge us for our own micro movements inside the system? 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 conceptual ambition of the project is to answer this question.

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 up, separate us, divide us, create more borders. The world we will live in seems to be a much bigger brother than the Orwellian vision, it’s the mother of big brother.

Social Spaces.

Underpinning this research, are a whole series of potential problems about observation, surveillance, and the ethics of the control space.  By researching current surveillance systems, tracking software, and pattern recognition software one can  come to an understanding about the social and ethical implications of such technologies both in artworks as well as public domain space and to speculate where these technologies could lead us in the future.

By building my own art systems and tools using custom made software, I try to raise further questions about the ethics of the control space and surveillance space

Alongside this technology research I have focused on the aesthetic development of the systems outputs by investigating different ways to represent the data and different ways to question the meaning of the system.  

Cultural Contexts.

How we understand and value information is of great importance. It seems reasonable to suggest that visual metaphors might simplify our understanding of data in space. I want to make my work eternally current. It will allow a real time multiple perspective of an identified space.

Stanza 2010

 

 

 

 

The Internet of Things. PART II. A City of Data Sculptures.

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The Art of Environmental Data. The Internet of Things. Visualisations and sonifications of the real time city.

British artist Stanza In ItalyIn 2004 I layered the city with sensors for my Sensity projects. Dozens of them to access the “data” and make it public. I wanted to claim this space as a public domain, and to create a series of social sculptures affected in real time by the changes in the city. The aim is to make smart networks that have data open to all, and not closed off spy surveillance oriented systems. These networks could be thought of as open social sculptures that inform the world and create new meaningful experiences. Thousands of motes could be deployed across the city for gathering data in wireless sensor networks. Used in large numbers they communicate with one another via radio signals across the network. They can reconfigure themselves, so that the network stays stable. The data is funelled through a system to a point where it can then be interpreted. The motes monitor the the environment for changes in temperature, sounds, light, position, acceleration, vibration, stress, weight, pressure, humidity, and gps. Motes and sensor boards monitor the micro incidents of change in the city, the noise, traffic flows and people flows. The interactions of all this data, controlled via mixed up interfaces that can re-form and re-contextualise experiences in real time as social sculpture.

 

The Control Space.

Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analysed, interpreted, and logged. The world we will live in seems to be a much bigger brother, than first realised. Its the mother of big brother. Its a world full of data that can help understand the fundamentals of our outside environment, and monitor the micro codes of our DNA, a world where we are liberated and empowered by data, where finally all of the technology becomes more than gimmick and starts to actually  work for us. This is where these projects and artworks start. In addition to this, the artwork allude to a more socially engaged practise, based on critical reflection of notions of privacy, surveillance space, and control space, speculating on the interactive city and meaning of real time space.

Towards The Emergent City

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The “Sensity” artworks were made from the data that is collected from urban environment locations. The networks of sensors collected data, which is then published online. The sensors interpret the micro-data of the interactive city. The output from the sensors displays the “emotional” state of the city online and the information is used to create installations and sculptural artifacts. I believe them to be in effect emergent social sculptures visualizing the emotional state of the city. The sensor network can be moved from urban to rural setting and different types of visualization can be made depending on the environment.
Sensity is also a highly technical project that can output vast amounts of information about the fabric of our cities. By embedding the sensors like this we can re-engage with the urban fabric and waeve new artistic metaphors within city space. Custom made software enables these sensors to communicate will one another in a network over a proxy server in real time.  The data is also available for others and can be used to create visualizations in the open source environment that is online. (see xml streams).

Representations of these datasets allows unique understanding of the urban environment from this real time perspective. The interactions of all this data, controlled via interfaces that can re-form and re-contextualize experiences in real time. Sensity becomes a holistic city system. The sense city is a city of, accumulated incidents of love, abuse and death. The micro incidents of change in the weather, the noise traffic flows and people flows. Sensity leverages the real time data city and represents it online showing the life of the system and the emerging changing bahaviours of the space.

The data is the Medium.

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In artworks such as Sensity, Facade, House, Sonicity, Capacities  etc I  connect up networks of real time information flows. The shared data space can overlap and there is a new space the space in between that only two nodes share. I have merged collected data from various cities and created an aestheticization of the shared city space.

I now believe there is a new social space that exists in between these independent networks. Future cities will be merged into real time connected up data cities.  A connection of networks of real time information flows. The results created lead to mashed up cities and real time performative city experiences.

These systems re–employ our perception creating new understanding of how this mixed city behaviour unfolds. There is an opportunity to influence this process and the system and we can also create variables into the networks that will allow greater understanding of the data and the resulting information. Data has become the medium of the age.

A City of Sculptures

In one of my experiments “Capacities” I have made a new city of ‘sculptures’ re-presenting real time spaces and data environments. I investigated the loop from the real to the virtual and back to the real space. This notion of playing or manipulating with a malleable form (data) is made possible as each stream, each node, each sensor, or even the entire network can be communicated with using XML online gateways. The project was instigated by setting up my own wireless sensors networks across London to collect environmental data which was then published online in real time for an extended period of time. The output from the sensors display an interpretation of the real time city online, while that same information was evaluated and then re-visualized in the creation of numerous artworks, back in the public domain.  The resulting artworks represent the real time conditions of the city.

The artistic aim is create new meaningful experiences allowing critical reflection on the real time city and the social political undercurrent embedded in the search for the real time city. This allows for a greater community of interpreters and beneficiaries to see, and to come to their own understandings arising from this data about our socially-networked environment. ..stanza 2010

The Emergent City. The City Of Data. 2004 – 2012.

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The Emergent City. 2004 – 2012. From Fixed Assets to open Systems and Media visualisations.

The Centrtal City for Madrid Vida

This artwork has moved from fixed assets to interactive systems to open generative systems.  In 2002 Stanza started to develop less fixed systems that culled data and media from other sources. These mash-ups or interactive collage systems include “Subfusion”, “CITYV” etc. In these systems there is no fixed tangible lists of assets (ie they are not databases) they are drawn or harvested via software from spaces. Stanza also moved away from real world studio practise to a online studio space for experimentation and output of ideas, and finished artworks. From artist as author to system as author….whose does the output being to?

The City Of Data.

The Emergent city has become a body of all connected by a central theme. As you know a city is a web of  connected networks.  In essence, the city fabric is a giant multi-user, multi-data sphere. The city is made up of traffic patterns,  pedestrian patterns,  bird flocking patterns. Patterns can be seen in the architecture, patterns in the buildings, patterns in the architectural fabric of the urban design network.  All of  these spheres can be represented by media and therefore by data within the digital realm. And all of this data can be interpreted and mediated. It becomes a matter of choice. Collections of data can be stored to be retrived later. The mobile data infrastructure becomes a data source so powerful so interwoven that its  scale can only be imagined as metaphor. The size and scope of such an archive, of such rich mediated data experience can support  many projects.  As such it can be interpreted via a variety of interfaces.

Cities offer the opportunity for unique types of data gathering experiences via a  variety  of sources.  My objective has been  to ‘mediate’ data into conceptual and cultural artifacts. With this perspsective there are many unimagined threads of data and connections that describe our world that can be explored through wireless mobile networks within which we can create artistic interpretations.

There are various types of data can be re-imagined. This includes pollution data recorded via sensors in the street, to create audio files. Weather and forecast data, acquired via weather station equipment, this can be used and can create ambient soundscapes and morphing visualisations as the wind shifts direction or the rain increases. Noise monitor levels, and noise maps, create a symphony of true urban sounds that can be used to make sound reactive sculptures.

Under this umberella title of ‘The Emergent City’ project I have made a number of artworks, installations, sonifications and visualisations between 2004 and 2012  that have move beyond the process of research, beyond what I  term as asset gathering, into softwares, installations and prototypes.

Parrallel Realities

An example is the artwork ” Urban Generation; trying to imagine the world from everyone else’s perspective, all at once”. 2002- 5.

Multiple CCTV cameras are accessed randomly in real time to make this urban tapestry. What you see is an evolving, generative artwork. These images are from taken London, and they happen as you see them, in real time. The installation versions of this work can be presented in art galleries using projectors or plasma displays.

This online artwork represents many realities that exist in city space. The observed real time surveillance society is re worked into a series of grids. This presents London to a global online audience. The data that you see is protected by the data protection act. Here it is re mixed into what you see, which is this online artwork that look like a filmic experience, but sits not a film. Its a real time experience of the city from multiple perspectives I cal it a parrellel reality.

The online version now runs as a series of twelve real time perspectives of the emergent city experience . This ‘film’ is constantly evolving and will never be the same again, the images are not recorded. Each screen is a live real time image from a camera in the city of London. The artwork seeks to explores the rhizomatic multi nodal networked experience. Urban Generation draws on images across the networked city, the artwork creates a unique interpretation of a multi point perspective that exists in time always in the present.

Stanza: CCTV Media Visualisation 2005. Large print On Canvas.

Data cities and control spaces

The city also has millions of CCTV. In essence the city is the biggest TV station in existence. Millions of hours worth of data are recorded every day by these cameras on city TV. One can take the sounds and images off live web streams and  re-represent them thus creating new interpretations of the city in the process.

The city already has a recorded source of data, cctv is everywhere. Using data from CCTV, you can bring the outside inside. Selected feeds are collected from around the world in real time. These real time images are fed into a software system  where a  series of specialised channels rework these images. The channels are always on, and  always changing, a constant  view  of  the world changing  and evolving around  the  clock. This artwork uses  specially created software and technology  to  randomly find images in real time from anywhere in the network, in this case anywhere in the world.

The increase of technology infrastructure in the daily existence of a city means that technology will, more than ever be everywhere in our environment. Mobile data mining will be part of the fabric of the landscape.  We will be carrying this data in pods, phones and ID cards. Everything is or will be tracked. CCTV, car sensors, tracking inside our phones, ID card movement, and tracking in the guise of anti- terror activity.

The patterns we make, the forces we weave, are all being networked into retrievable data structures that can be re-imagined and sourced for information. These patterns all disclose new ways of seeing the world. The value of information will be a new currency as power change. The central issue that will develop will be the privilege and access to these data sources. Uses of this information and data should allow rich new interpretations on the way our world is built, used, and designed.

So we need to imagine the city at a different scale. The possibility is to extend our imagination and enable that perception of the city as a dynamic network. We can now put systems in place that can re–employ our perception and thus create new understanding of how this behaviour unfolds. There are patterns, they are connected and the systems that evolve, can be simulated and acted upon.

We can influence the process and the system and we can also create variables into this system that allows understanding of the bi-products of the system, the data and the resulting information..stanza 2009