The Reader is large six foot data visualization sculpture of the artist Stanza wearing a hoodie reading a book. The sculpture becomes a pulsing algorithmic heartbeat of living data. It is made with custom made digital software and hardware generating live events inside the sculpture. The data body acts to reposition a future view of ourselves when embedded technologies will become part of our everyday lives. The artwork explores new ways of thinking about life, the emergence and interaction within public space, and how this affects the socialization of space. It uses open data and new technologies to question audiences’ experiences of real-time events. We live in a world of infobesity, we are bombarded with information that is made malleable and shaped to give it meaning.
The sculpture can be adapted to each exhbition it is sited in. In EMAF (European Media Art Festival) and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) it is reading all the books published since 1952 and acts as a focal point for reading and public engagement.
This interactive system is based on a 3d scan of the artist's body. After scanning the artist's body the file was modeled into the shapes that are cut. The whole construction is then assembled like a jig saw. Over one hundred micro display screens show data pulsing through the body. and has taken over one year to design and make.
Adaptations: The sculpture (V1) is reading all the books published since 1952 from and open source data set via British Library. The Reader software system can be adapted and customised to read stock exchange data, dna data, live news feeds, and twitter feeds.
Available for touring and for exhibitions. If you would like to exhibit this piece let me know.
Milton Keynes Library Tour UK 2015
NTTA Update New Technological Art Award Gent Belgium 2016
Kinetica Art Fair London UK 2017
EMAF European Media Art Festival Osnabruck Germany April 2017
FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology Liverpool UK June 2017
SEE VIDEO The Reader By Stanza