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 Reader is a machine for the systems age. Data is taking over our bodies and making its very own nervous system. The artwork 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 inside the artwork, it is shaped to give it meaning. 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. What will happen in the future when embedded chips in our bodies have access to the worlds information data and knowledge? Who will have access to this and how wil you know who does?
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. The artwork took 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.
The sculpture can be adapted to each venue 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.
Available for touring and for exhibitions. If you would like to exhibit this artwork let me know.
Spectre Festival UK Aberdeen 2018
Bury Art Museum. UK October 2017
FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology Liverpool. UK June 2017
EMAF European Media Art Festival Osnabruck Germany. April 2017
Kinetica Art Fair London. UK 2017
NTTA Update New Technological Art Award Gent. Belgium 2016
Milton Keynes Library. UK 2015
SEE VIDEO The Reader By Stanza