Stanza body

What you see and experience.

Body is a sculpture which responds to the emergent properties of the environment in South London where the artist's wireless sensor network is situated. It represents the changing life and complexity of urban space as a dynamic, kinetic artwork.

Real-time environmental data is embodied in Stanza's life-size sculpture assembled from computer components and acrylic slices of his own physique.

In ‘Body 01000010011011110110010001111001' the urban environment provides a dynamic flickering and clicking sentience to the otherwise inert structure, reflecting the personal level of influence data has on an individual.

This sculpture captures the changes over time in the environment (city) and represent the changing life and complexity of space as an emergent artwork.

“Body” is 2.24 cm tall and needs a floor space. It is made of hundreds of leds, motors, wires and custom made electronics all responding to changes in the data ie temperature, light, pressure, noise, and the sound of the city. (my sensor network).

The artwork becomes a manipulation of data, that ‘powers' all the ‘events' 'actions' and 'processes' that you see in the sculpture.

The body shape is be based on a 3d scan of the artists body ie (the body in the data space).

Body goes beyond simple single user interaction to monitor and survey in real time the whole city and entirely represent the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing and complex system.

What you see as well as this body are hundreds of parts that come alive as the data changes and evolves. Its a hybrid work powered by live events.

The art of gathering environmental data.

This project leverages the real time space using data gathered using my sensor technologies and connecting spaces. The artwork explores new ways of thinking about life, emergence and interaction within public space and how this affects the socialization of space. 

The project uses environmental monitoring technologies and security based technologies, to question audiences experiences of real time events and create visualizations of life as it unfolds.The interactions of all this data are re-formed and re-contextualised in this real time artwork.

Custom made software gathers data from the artists sensors network via a custom made java proxy server and send it to the sculpture. The mote reader software (in visual basic) sends events to the sculpture. This exist in two forms; in real time and as a local archive data set. (This enables the artwork to always function in the space, ie it has a back up)

Data as art. Process.

The body shape is based on a 3d scan of the artists body made from hi res 3d scan. This scan was used to covert data into a model format that was shaped then laser cut into place. All the electronics will then be embedded into the body.


The artwork called Body is installed. It needs a floor space five by five ft. So one can walk around it. It could also be placed against a wall. Ie its free standing and can be moved.

Red main board Arduino .4 main plug board for central CPU. Two power apaptors for central CPU. USB from mac mini to central CPU. Power cable for mac mini. Small monitor. Knee pads. Box cover for mini mac. 15 times 17 by 19 cm computer boards cut to size. 3 times 17 by 19 cm boards with three connectors on perspex. 2 times 17 by 19 cm boards with four connectors on perspex.. Sounder board. Two sounder on one board. Three single sounder. Four two tower fans. One very large fan. Two by two motor towers. Two small fan towers. Six small motors (one double). Three red motors plus others.Four small connector unit. Twelve small fans free standing. Four bigger fans free standing. Five ten led strips. Large red top motors times three.. Five selected length of cable. One red large 17 by 19 cm board of red and white leds. One large 17 by 19 cm board of white leds. 9 by 7.5 cm perspex …two red 2 green 2 yellow twelve large leds. 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. four white with twelve large leds. Relays 19 by 17 board with 4 relays. 9 by 7.5cm Perspex with 2 relays two of them. 14 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. 12 led green. 15 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex .12 led red. 11 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. 12 led white. 14 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. 1matrix leds. 9 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. double strip green leds. 4 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. double square pink leds. 3 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. double square yellow leds. 6 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. double number leds. 2 boards 9 by 7.5 cm perspex. four number leds. Misc blocks rods pads etc


Bruges Museum. Belgium.  2015
TSSK Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art. Trondheim. Norway.  2014
ODI (open data institute) London 2012

The work is available for touring.




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The artwork is exhibited is part  of “Data as Culture” exhibition curated by Julie Freeman. Body more open (addressable, structured, accountable, continuous) data. “As data becomes more accessible to artists, as it opens up for use as a raw material, we are seeing more of its integration into works that explore environmental sociopolitical and economic aspects of society. By utilizing data in an experiential way, this selection of works pulls data out of the virtual domain and into our physical world. The exhibition provokes discussion around what open data is, how it informs and affects us, and how we interpret it in a way that is meaningful.”

Press Coverage Includes BBC 1, BBC Radio 4,


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Environmental DATA

Sensors that are used to collect the data in a network Light, Temperature, Sound, Noise, GPS, Pressure, formatted into XML stream and sent to sculpture.


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Since 2004 I have been researching wireless sensor networks. I use 40 motes sensors in a network with custom built software that gathers data and places it online via a java proxy server. This then allows me to make artworks with the data. The data include GPS positions, humidity, noise, temperature, light, of the space and the surrounding environment. The interactions of all this data, controlled via interfaces that can re-form and re-contextualise experiences in real time. Representations of these data sets allow unique understanding of the gallery and the urban environment in real time.

The data is also used to create the visualizations in an open source environment. Because the data is networked other online users can also re- interpret the data and interrogate the various sensors in the network as this is open source as well (via xml streams online). The sensor network takes a constant stream of data which is published onto an online environment where each different interface makes representations of the feeds.

Sketch Development and Process

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Stanza Bodies as data towers. Hi Resolution 3d scan 2012 of the artist

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Stanza portrait.

Stanza ( Portrait of the artist 2012)

Data Body

Stanza at  work


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KEYWORDS. Networked, real time, responsive, life, emergence, mediated, online, connected, dataspace, city, artwork, installation.

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