The Central City Project

Stanza , net art installation

The Central City project by Stanza is included in the Vida Retrospective Fundacion Telefonica in Madrid from May 8th 2012 to Jan 2013. Hundreds of sections of this net art labyrinth were exhibited on 15 touch screens built into towers blocks as a large scale interactive installation (see below). Stanza will be showing all The Central City projects and sub projects. It's a labyrinth, a “city” of interactive artworks themed around the life of the city and using patterns maps and city data.

The Central City project by Steve  , Stanza

This installation is the gallery version of the online netart project The Central City (http://www.thecentralcity.co.uk) . International Prizes and Awards for this project include VIDA 6.0. 2004. Links first prize Porto 2001, Videobrasil Sao Paulo 2001 first prize, Cynet art 2000 first prize. Over seventy exhibitions and screenings of this project worldwide.



The Central City from Stanza on Vimeo.

 

 

Stanza

  , Stanza

 

The Central City for Madrid Vida.

 

 

In Madrid 2012, The VIDA retropsective. ARTE Y VIDA ARTIFICIAL- VIDA 1999-2012. El concurso de Arte y Vida Artificial VIDA fue creado por Fundación Telefónica en 1999 para promover la creación artística basada en las nuevas tecnologías y se ha convertido en uno de los premios artísticos de mayor prestigio en el encuentro entre el arte, la ciencia y la tecnología.

 

ARTE Y VIDA ARTIFICIAL- VIDA 1999-2012

 

El concurso de Arte y Vida Artificial VIDA fue creado por Fundación Telefónica en 1999 para promover la creación artística basada en las nuevas tecnologías y se ha convertido en uno de los premios artísticos de mayor prestigio en el encuentro entre el arte, la ciencia y la tecnología.

A lo largo de sus trece ediciones VIDA ha premiado obras artísticas desarrolladas con tecnologías de vida artificial y sus disciplinas asociadas como la robótica, la inteligencia artificial, los algoritmos caóticos, los virus informáticos, la biotecnología, los entornos virtuales o la escultura sonora y se han presentado 1.478 proyectos procedentes de más de 50 países.

La presente propuesta expositiva, comisariada por KarIn Ohlenschläger, deja patente la evolución del concepto de vida artificial en relación al arte y la existencia de distintos modos de indagar y afrontar el diálogo entre arte y nuevas tecnologías.Algunas de las 23 obras expuestas simulan la evolución y los comportamientos de los sistemas vivos en soportes digitales y animan materiales inertes. En otras, se acometen de manera decidida la manipulación y transformación de la materia viva. Con ello los artistas nos hacen partícipes de la reflexión sobre qué es la vida.

La exposición también permite explorar la convivencia entre distintas especies naturales y artificiales, entre lo físico y lo virtual, entre lo orgánico y lo tecnológico. Estas experiencias aproximan la vida artificial a nuestro entorno cotidiano.

Works for Premios VIDA The Central City by Stanza 1997 – 2004

 

The installation includes these titles.

Central City. 1997 + Inner City I. 2001 + Inner City II. 2001 +Beautifull Maps. 2004 + Biocities. 2003 + Codified. 2003 + Nanocities. 2003 + Diversity I. 2003 + Diversity II Pillars Of Truth. 2003 + Elasticity. 2003 + Spider Maps. 2004

Exhibition Information. This project has also been exhibited at.

museo tamayo arte contemporáneo 2002 + fluxusonline 2002 + cosign germany 2002 + fcmm montreal 2002 + physical vs. logical space , austrailia + cinemania(c) croatia 2002 + arte digital cuba 2002 + isea japan 2002 + Garage Festival Germany 2002 + Senef korea 2002 + nimes 2002 + emaf 2002 + siggraph usa 2002 + soundtoys 2002 + cybersonica 2002 + Fused 2002 + Sao Paulo Bienale 2002 + Zeppelin Barcelona 2002 + Net.art in 4L Istanbul 2002 + Immedia 2002 usa + Net-working 2001 + Soeul Net art 2001 + Generative Art 4th GA2001 + A Fair Place Turkey.2001 + McLean Project Casting a Net USA 2001 + Art Image Graz 2001 + Video Lisboa Lisbon 2001 + Impakt Utrecht 2001 + Medi@terra Greece 2001 + Cynet 2001 Dresden + E.I.I.Festival edinburgh 2001 + Garage Festival Germany 2001 + Urban Myths.Israel 2001 Independent Newspaper best site of the week 2001 + DLUX 2001 Austrailia + Moscow International Festival 2001 + Sonar 2001 + net-z-lab 2001 + Vdor21/Break21 2001 + Thaw 2001 + arco 2001 + Transmediale 2001 + Architettura in Video 2000 + Netart 2000 + Independent Newspaper best site of the week 2000 + Macromedia's UCON 1999 + BIMA shortlist UK 1999 + emaf 1999 + Seafair 1998 +

 

"This net art work, made over four years, is an impressive collection of interconnected environments created using generative procedures. The focus is on urban environments, resulting in a vast web site of interconnected idealised spaces and polyphonic neighbourhoods. These environments explode with ideas from art, architecture, design and urbanism. Visuals from live web cams and pre-recorded audio are controlled by the user to make spaces that fragment and are reconstituted in real time. The ever-changing nature of the city is foregrounded in the way that its features flow through the site; streets and buildings seem to change right before our eyes in visual compositions reminiscent of Dziga Vertov's avant-garde documentary “The Man with the Movie Camera.” Users of The Central City interact with the piece by selecting from multiple menus based on an iconic language. Starting from recognizable imagery that is either pre-recorded or live, viewers can morph images and algorithmically change sounds. Through these processes, ordered and grid-like cities slip into disorder, and surveillance systems are subjected to processes that make them “bleed”, that “torment” them and subject them to “earthquakes”. The sophistication and subtlety of the image generation reflects Stanza's earlier paintings, and provide a sophisticated, adult alternative to SimCity. The user is encouraged to take a painterly approach to image transmutation, resulting in a subtle and ironic convergence of art and civic issues." Jury Stament Life 6.0 competition in Madrid – Daniel Canogar, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Machiko Kusahara, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jane Prophet and Nell Tenhaaf .