Urban Rhythms Of Utopian Dreams: Version click to enter. 2005

In this artwork everything is made public; we are all watching everybody. This opens up a question about the legitimacy of the imagery. It also turns us all into voyeurs and creates an insight into the imagery and happenings that exist in various 'parallel realities'. The data is opened out to a global online network of observers. It becomes an online global repositioned world view unfolding in real time. A networked real time experience connecting up the city.


The artwork collects surveillance feeds from around a city in real time. These real time images are fed into a custom made software system where a series of specialized channels rework these images. The channels are always on, and always changing, a constant view of world cities changing and evolving around the clock. The system uses specially created software and technology to randomly travel the city and integrate the images from the cameras. The images are taken randomly in real time and will evolve forever (or until the cameras break as they did with the Spanish Madrid version which stopped in 2012 and the New York Version which ran online from 2005- 2016).

Touring This work is available for touring to museums and galleries. It needs either a series of projectors or as below on smaller screens or large plasma screens.

Technical Note: Made using custom made software. When you click to enter you have to check the security boxes to see the work. For PC only.

Urban Rythms. Artwork By Stanza


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 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 IDS cards. Everything is or will be tracked. CCTV, car sensors, tracking inside our phones and id card movement 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.


You need shockwave installed. There is an internet security issue so tick all the boxes the first time you visit; you need to allow the access to the work. Please note, sometime the piece is slow to start, therefore allow a few seconds. Also, the first few images are 'dummy' images, these are always the same, therefore please allow the system a few seconds to 'warm up'. Remember this is happening in real time so if you are not connected to the internet it will not work.

Keywords: artwork, networked, cctv, generative, online, installation.


Urban Rhythms Of Utopian Dreams, New York: Version 2005 (TAKEN Offline 2015)

Urban Rhythms Of Utopian Dreams, Madrid. The artwork was running 2005 - (TAKEN Offline 2012 )

A real-time networked dataspace: A live real time interpretation of the networked city by Stanza.

CCTV artwork by Stanza

This artwork is available for exhibition. (Above) Large on canvas of one day in the life of the City of Madrid. Title. "Time Waits For No Man" 120 by 1100 cm 2005

CCTV artwork by Stanza

This artwork is available for exhibition.(ABOVE) Large print on canvas of one day in the life of the City Of New York. Title. "Your Time Will Come " 100 by 70 cm 2005

Stanza artwork , surveillance,

An installation capturing outside data from Madrid. 2005 In realtime.

stanza urban rythms

Above shows this artwork in an exhibition at HTTP gallery 2005. It is installed here on three 19 inch touch screens. In this case the software connected to the city of Madrid Spain.

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