Archive for January, 2019

The Nemesis Machine in Italy

January 12th, 2019

The Nemesis Machine at  CUBO Italy which opens on 31 st JAN. The show is curated by the awesome Marco Mancuso who for years has been supporting new media and technology arts from his base in Milan. The Nemesis Machine is one of those artworks where the only constant thing seems to be the title however I have used other titles so that is also a variable in this ever changing evolving art system.

The Nemesis Machine – From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis

The title is in two parts: “The Nemesis Machine” with the additional  “From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis”. The installation has become an evolving artwork. Whilst growing in physical size, the technology is also developing to reflect changes in our relationship with the digitised world, new technology and our algorithmic society.

The artwork focuses our attention on the worlds of technology, surveillance, and networked space:- that could be called panoptic and embeds several contextualised panoptic aesthetics (data from sensors, people from cameras). My title “From Metropolis to Megalopolis to Ecumenopolis” expresses this growth from a small city, to a large city, to the ecumenopolis which is a term for the whole world as a city. The inference is that this system of technology is all encompassing all seeing and all powerful.

The title “Nemesis” also suggests a portrayal of either utopian or dystopian futures inferring, “the inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall”. As such the Nemesis itself is positioned to cause concern as a situation or event, which causes serious harm, or even as a form of punishment. The word Nemesis originally meant the distributor of fortune, neither good nor bad, simply in due proportion to each according to what was deserved. Nemesis was sometimes called “Adrasteia“, probably meaning “one from whom there is no escape”. This is how the artwork positions itself as neither one or the other, but simply to engage the viewer or its audience inside this inescapable agency.

The Nemesis Machine fuses analogue and digital worlds by using real time data feeds that connects to the physical city to create an avatar city while at the same time making it global through the flows of networked data across the internet. The city machine become alive and of itself. This parsing of real time data systems becomes a critique of liquid surveillance networks that a whole city can be seen all at once from a variety of perspective lenses. The machine is both acting to liberate us through technology with overtures to open processes, while at the same time making us complicit in its restrictive system of control.  We have by default become complicit in the global surveillance machine that appropriates us (the users) as units of data to be harvested for some sort of gain (either financial, social). This has been a consuming theme in several of my artworks since 2004. The Nemesis Machine focuses on the aspect of the so called smart city as a space for the parsing of (any /all) data. So how can you make meaning of this liquidity? and how can it be of any common benefit? Or will it be at the expense of something else? as perspective shifts ground.

A new custom version of the artwork is installed every time for this ever expanding an variable artwork.  During many set ups and global exhibitions, The Nemesis Machine serves as a frame or lens to witness this process.

The Nemesis Machine. Artwork By Stanza. Smart city.

Youth Culture. Sculpture available for touring.

January 11th, 2019

I had a great time in Manchester at Lightwaves 2018 Media City Manchester UK. I  showed my  new artwork which is of a towering  hooded sculpture which visualises visitor data it receives on mini screens and light illumination built into the sculpture. The tall figure, who’s hoodie challenges our assumptions about social alienation – captivating its audience and challenging visitors perceptions around anti-social behaviour and our collective ability to create safe public spaces for all. This Hooded Youth is presented as a symbol of belonging, rather than something to be feared. Digitally interactive, the artwork embraces public participation and encourages engagement with its technological system, which feeds in intelligence so that Youth Culture becomes a symbolic memory bank of place and experience. https://stanza.co.uk/youth_culture/index.html

Whats Next.

January 11th, 2019

Last year I was looking forward to a first one man show in New York City before the gallery had a major fire. That would have been ok had the 50 boxes of work not already docked at USA port authorities. Tough being an artist when this sort of thing happens.  Maybe someone will show The Nemesis Machine in USA in the future or maybe I will get to work  with that curator I so  very much admire in another year. It wont be this year.

Whats next I am about to ship Nemesis Machine to CUBO Italy I would tell you more but that is all I know for know except it starts on 1 Feb.

I am also looking forward to working with David Drake and show at Diffusion in Wales. A new AI camera track system is now inside the machine as well as reconfigured sensors for city wide data gathering.

Stanza Artwork

2019 All work and much play and something else as well.

January 11th, 2019

Welcome 2019. ON a personal; level that was a tough year (just past), and I learn’t a lot through the adversity of it all.  This was only really possible because of the support of many friends who rallied to the call and really did help when needed and when asked; thank you. No pain no gain. Well the gains have been immense insightful and enlightening. Much love you to you all for 2019. Thanks also to the NHS and the support systems we have in place here in the UK. Accidents happen all the time but when they come to visit the impact becomes immense.