The Reader is a large six foot data sculpture of the artist Stanza wearing a hoodie reading a book. The sculpture acts as a focal point for reading and public engagement and has taken over one year to design and make. This interactive system is based on a 3d scan of the artist's body. It is made of transparent perspex with 100 mini text displays and custom made electronic systems. After scanning the artist's body the file was modelled 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.
Artistic Context and relevance.
The data body acts to reposition a future view of ourselves when embedded technologies will become part of our everyday lives. The sculpture becomes a pulsing algorithmic heartbeat. It is made with custom made digital software and hardware generating live events inside the sculpture. 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 artwork consists of:- 100 led matrix displays and custom designed and manufactured PCB boards, custom made cables, custom made and modeled perspex body, base box and laser cut metal plate, six arduinos and custom made PCB boards, power sockets and custom power box. The artwork has a custom made a software controller system and custom made software for arduinos with L wire and three controller boards.
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 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
Made by Stanza.
Commissioned by Milton Keynes Libraries and funded by Arts Council England as part of The Digitalis Programme.
SEE VIDEO The Reader By Stanza