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Stanza Data Artwork called Sonicity exhibited at 25th Stuttgarter Filmwinter

February 12th, 2012

Stanza  Data Artwork called Sonicity exhibited at 25th Stuttgarter Filmwinter

Smart cities and real data

Stanza Smart cities and real data

Sonicity Installation is exhbited in Germnay  for Stuttgarter Filmwinter Sound Installation, Great Britain 2011.

“Sonicity” is a responsive installation, a sonification of the real space and environment. This artwork focuses on the real time space and the experience of the gallery visitor as they interact with the space, using data gathered from these new technologies. My system monitors the space (the building) and the environment (the city) and captures live real time data (light, temperature, noise, humidity, position) to create an ambient sonification, an acoustic responsive environment, literally the sound of the micro incidents of change that occur over time. This artwork explores new ways of thinking about interaction within public space and how this affects the socialization of space. The project uses environmental monitoring technologies and security based technologies, to question audience experiences of the event and space and gather data inside the space. The project also focuses on the micro-incidents of change, the vibrations and sounds of the gallery using wireless sensor based technologies.

Stanza Sonicity Artwork

Stanza Sonicity Artwork

The sounds you hear are the sounds of the changing environment, i.e. the changes of noise, light, temperature of the space is turned into a real time sound stream using dozens of wireless sensors presented as an installation on 170 speakers.

Soundinstallation, Großbritannien 2011

“Sonicity” ist eine reaktionsfähige Installation, ein Hörbarmachen von realem Raum und realem Umfeld. Die Klänge, die man hört, sind die einer sich verändernden Umwelt, das heißt Veränderungen von Geräuschen, Licht und Temperatur werden mithilfe dutzender kabelloser Sensoren in einen Echtzeit-Soundstream umgewandelt und als Installation aus 170 Lautsprechern präsentiert.

Die Arbeit konzentriert sich auf den Echtzeit-Raum und die Erlebnisse der Besucher wenn sie mit dem Raum interagieren. Dabei werden Daten, die durch diese neuen Technologien gesammelt wurden, verwendet. Mein System überwacht den Raum (das Gebäude) und die Umwelt (die Stadt) und erfasst live die Echtzeit-Daten (Licht, Temperatur, Geräusche, Luftfeuchtigkeit, Position) um die Umgebung in Form von Tönen abzubilden, eine auf Akustik reagierende Umgebung, buchstäblich der Sound der Mikro-Veränderungen, die sich im Lauf der Zeit ereignen. Das Kunstwerk untersucht neue Denkansätze über Interaktion im öffentlichen Raum und wie sich diese auf die Sozialisation des Raums auswirkt.

Das Projekt nutzt Umweltüberwachungstechnologie und Sicherheitstechnik, um die Besuchererlebnisse im Raum zu hinterfragen, wobei Daten im Raum gesammelt werden. Das Projekt beleuchtet auch die Mikro-Veränderungen, die Vibrationen und Geräusche der Ausstellungsräume mit drahtloser, sensorenbasierter Technik.

Stanza Music LP. Conundrum from 1987.

April 8th, 2007

Conundrum from 1987,  is a dual LP and video release, about the nature of London’s urban environment.

Stanza: The State - Conundrum

Stanza: The State - Conundrum LP and Video release 1987

The Conundrum image on the cover shows two tower block  being blown up.  I started with the black and white photo I took and developed on the Old Kent Road.  I  photocopied the image and then scanned it in a computer, a BBC micro in Goldsmiths college 1986. The image was them captured on screen and transferred to a TV studio where I  mixed the video feed with the computer image and then took a photo on the screen with a colour camera and then processed the colour image for the LP  cover….a lot of work.

The sounds and music have samples of street sounds from South London.  The video  version has a different mix.

The video is shot in South London and edited in TV studios with extensive post production. The idea with the video  was to  explore non linear editing techniques  which I  used to  build a visual narrative about the urban  condition ( as I  saw it).  Decay , deconstruction, rebuilding  etc.  The LP uses found sounds mixed together into a heavy industrial landscape.  The LP  was released on Dossier Records Berlin,  and the video was released on Provision a video label  I  set up  to sell and distribute videos. Image and music by Stanza.

Image: stanza portrait 1985. video still.

Image: Stanza Self portrait 1985. video still.

Also from this period are the ‘Artitextures’ built into a video wall.  Motifs of urban design de-constructed and repeated in a grid. This is a series of continually edited and reprocessed urban images and forms containing isolated fragments of our city experience.

The above image was used on Stanza CD of music called Control released in 1991