The Search For The Soul of The Brilliant City. Stanza. 2004.
Stanza. Diversity---->Paintings from the Brilliant City, China Stanza. Diversity---->Paintings from the Brilliant City, China

About

“Brilliant City” refers to the location, a residential estate, comprising of 25 tower blocks in Shanghai, China. The British Council had a flat on the 34th floor, which is where I stayed. Made during a stay in Shanghai with the British Council Artist Links Program. Shanghai has 4000 towers block and 2000 on the planning board yet to be made, but with planning permission. Towers blocks are everywhere dancing across the landscape of the city. The city is spreading upwards re-housing people in the sky. The city is in flux moving in all directions, economically, socially, and environmentally.

Installation

This is a piece of software that runs continuously and randomly. What you see fills the space with moving towers, weaving over the city. For the gallery and installation version there is suite of 26 works in this series, that are configured for 1024 by 768 screen size. Diversity is a suitable installation for large corporate offices, hotels, and is best shown projected large, or on a series of large plasma screens.

Exhibitions

No - Land" curated by Patricia de Ruijter NDSM. Amsterdam 2007.
Shown at Palmer Event centre as part of SxSW in Austin, Texas USA 2009.
Metamorf. Trondheim. A-Life In The Emergent City Norway. 2014
Watermans Art Centre. London. Urban Generation 2013

Touch Screen.

Limited edition touch screen series available for sale in an edition of 6.

Touring

Exhibition: This work is available for exhibition email me to book this installation. The installation version consists of 26 artworks in the series built into a special software interface that either runs randomly or can be interacted with via touch screen. Selected artworks on canvas have been made as outputs from the software system.

Installation Photos

stanza diversity artwork

Diversity shown here above in Holland in a show called "No - Land" curated by Patricia de Ruijter which was shown in Art City in the NDSM, Amsterdam on9th October 2007; for one month.The image shows Diversity on a raised plinth with the projector hanging from the ceiling.

stanza diversity artwork

Diversity shown here above in Holland in a show called "No - Land" curated by Patricia de Ruijter (http://www.mediakaal.nl/knop1/ ) "The tower blocks are so complex,  and inside full with people with feelings but  if you look  to the form it's a stony dessert. The idea that you are standing in the window and the feeling it gives you! The attraction it has, to jump in space and how frightened it is at the same time." Patricia de Ruijter

The artworks are generated by the custom made system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diversity Artworks Selected artworks above. 100 by 100cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza

 

 

Title Diversity. 001. 120 by 90cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza

Title Diversity. 120 by 90cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza

Diversity. 003. 100 by 100cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza Stanza. Diversity---->Paintings from the Brilliant City, China
Diversity. 100 by 100cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza Diversity. 100 by 100cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza
Stanza. Diversity---->Paintings from the Brilliant City, China Stanza. Diversity---->Paintings from the Brilliant City, China
Diversity. 100 by 100cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza Diversity. 100 by 100cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza

Title Diversity. 120 by 90cm Artwork on canvas signed Stanza

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