Title: Living Landscapes. 2021.
These artworks raise several questions about the fluid liquid real time data space that now surrounds and envelops us everywhere. Who owns the data, who does this space belong to? What is the future of this technologically stacked interlocking mediated environment?
Selected artwork uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to investigate global pollution data. While others in the series monitor real-time WIFI activity in the city. Anyone's phone, buses, computers within one kilometre causes a reaction to the artworks inside the landscapes you witness in the gallery.
What you see are fused layers of city patterns in the form of hybridised imaginary cities. They all have in common that they depict maps with layers of confused data, mixed information, and they juxtapose various systems about the landscape. Each artwork becomes poetic interpretations of places we inhabit.
The Landscape from Above. How do we see all the flowing fluid information that is all around us?
The artworks are fused hybridised imaginary data landscapes. Layers of data, information and GPS information are used to create these artworks. The lines, grids, and roads form the design of the city. In essence the artworks represent the scars that we have created by our actions. These are all based on real places. In making these artworks, various other things start to be played out. The city of noise, the city of data, the living breathing city space. Within the series some also merge city data with other cities to create a The Third Space, a multi-layered migrant landscape. These artworks also play on the relationship of scale within the micro / macro . Here is the landscape is alive, ever moving towards the edges of space, alive in a viral sense.
'Invisible Agency' is one example in this series. It represent the monitored landscape, the noise of the invisible virtual and connected space in which we are all enmeshed and entangled. These hybrid digital artwork monitor discrete data packages from all the real-time Wifi Signals in range of the artwork to create a visual response inside the electronic artwork. The aesthetic experience facilitates a new understanding of the networked data space and the surrounding landscape of data, information, and stacked systems. In other words, everyone near the artwork or within a one mile range of the artwork is participating in the artwork and the 'noise' of what you see. The data is poetically interpreted and formed into a responsive generative new media artwork. It therefore by default becomes a public participatory artwork.
‘Landscape of Our Desire’ is an eco visualisations that question the reality of how we are polluting our cities and our environment. As we increasingly pollute the air with our behaviors, other systems and networks become evident. This artwork uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a landscape governed by AI.
We are implicitly related to the data in the wider network within the environment by our own mobility. The liquid flows of the binary world can be evidenced from numerous fixed invisible devices that are now everywhere. WiFi signals act to integrate the body into the wider technological landscape. The ‘body’ is invested inside the ‘data space’ by the multiple devices we carry and connect to these wider stacked networks. We are now complicit in this monitored relationship and by default we enter into a dialectic with all of these other devices via beacons and other monitoring systems. T
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Living Landscapes Järvenpää Art Museum, Finland. 2021
You don’t even have to connect to a network for it to see your MAC address; being nearby is enough. Your device is constantly sending out short radio signals called probe requests. Each probe request contains your device’s unique MAC address. If there is a WiFi hotspot in the area, it will hear the probe and send back its own “probe response,” addressed with your device’s MAC, with information about how you can connect to it. But other devices in the area can see and intercept the probe requests, too. Ie all the artworks. These artwork are eco-visualisations that question the reality of how we are polluting our cities and our environment. As we increasingly pollute the air with our behaviors, other systems and networks become evident. These artworks are based on global pollution data under the theme of living landscapes. What you experience. You see pulsating red LEDS switching on and off which are reacting to a generative system of global pollution data. Using a custom-made STANZA.API that gathers data from 120 world cities, collecting No2. The system is overseen by an AI which uses machine learning to detect patterns that are conveyed to the landscape. What you experience is a time-based visual artwork.
Living Landscapes of the Binary Process. This physical system made from electronics and custom computer parts is affected by data from across the world and has the real time agency of this wider environment space we all inhabit. Within this context the artwork in some way reframes the world, and its concurrent behaviours via the ubiquitous technologies of today. Sensor data from glocal pollution stations is harvested into this artwork. This first task was to add new (DATA) from global smart city API’S. This involved going online and finding suitable data to add to the STANZA.API and using the GATEWAY. The goal of the research is to create an artificial intelligence (AI) over a series of data feeds. In order to do this an API with lots of data was built with machine learning (ML) built into the online system. This enabled a machine learning feed that was used to make the artwork.
The system uses NO2 data from Stanza.api which is gathering raw data from 250 world cities using NO2 data (which is pollution data) and using a machine learning algorithm which looks for patterns in these data. Using a 24 hour chunk of these data the system converts it into binary. The software looks at the varying binary patterns; at the extremes of the peaks and then when it is not moving and this is mapped to the LEDS system. If it is plugged directly into the internet via ethernet it works in real time.
There are two main nitrogen based compounds that are emitted from combustion engines: NO2 and nitric oxide (NO). Collectively these two pollutants are referred to as NOx or oxides of nitrogen. Short and long term exposure to NO2 has been linked with an increased risk of respiratory problems. People with asthma, young children and older adults have an increased sensitivity to its effects. The secondary pollutants caused by the presence of NO2 in the atmosphere also have their own adverse effects.
Gallery shots 2021
1 Multiverse 2020 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Custom Electronics, Cables, Leds, Speakers, Screens, Software, 4 Raspberry PI.
2 Your Wealth Is At The End Of A Wire 2019 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Cables, Old Computer Board, Canvas.
3 I Am Listening 2017 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Custom Electronics, Cables, Leds, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
4 Values Of Urban Cultural Appropriation 2019 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Custom Electronics, Cables, Leds, Software, Raspberry PI.
5 Landscape of Our Desire 2021 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Custom Electronics, Cables, Leds, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
6 Viral Landscape 2019 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
7 A Social Agency 2020 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Paint, Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
8 Under The Surface 2020 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
9 Complicity 2021 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Speakers, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
10 Invisible Agency 2019 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Oil paint, Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Screens, Software. Developed as part of STARTS EU residency.
11 Burning Surface Tension 2016 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Speakers, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
12 The Age Of Consent 2016 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas, Electronics, Cables, Leds, Speakers, Screen, Software, Raspberry PI.
13 My Bleeding Heart 2016 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Recycled PCB.
14 The Seeds Of Our Destruction 2015 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas.
15 Landscape Of History 2015 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Mixed media. Canvas.
16 City Of Hope 2021 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Canvas.
17 Infected Urbanism 2015 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Canvas.
18 Mother 2020 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Self contained. Mixed media. Recycled computers.
19 Daughter 2021 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Self contained. Mixed media. Recycled computers.
20 I Don’t Want To Be Alone2021 Size. 120 by 100 cm. Canvas.