Matrixity Series By Stanza

Stanza data maps and new paintings, Data and the city, data paintings, data visualisation, the information city, maps, mapping big data artworks,

Every artwork is a one-off, unique print on canvas. Each is signed on the back and has the provenance where they have been previously exhibited.

This series of artworks represents maps as the drawings and patterns that we make and leave behind on the landscape. The artworks represent the scars on the landscape that we have created into by our actions. The cities we inhabit disclose our behaviour in these systems. What you see in the artworks are fused layers of city patterns in the form of hybridised hacked maps. These lines, grids, and shapes form the design of the city. Stanza sees these forms as the marks we have made and left behind on the landscape as drawing. In essence the artworks represent the scars on the landscape that we have created by our actions. They all have in common that they depict maps with layers of confused data, mixed information, and they juxtapose various systems about the landscape. These are all based on real places but they becomes poetic interpretations of places we inhabit that appear to us as abstracted forms created randomly but are in effect part of the fabric of the design of our global cities.

In thinking and making these work, various other things start to be played out.  The concepts of the city of noise,  the control city of data, the living breathing city space. Within the series some artworks merge city data with other cities to create what Stanza calls “The Third Space” a sort of confused hybrid multi layered migrant city.  These images also play on the relationship of scale with the micro and the macro . Here is the city as living organism;  it's alive, ever moving towards the edges of space, alive in a viral sense Stanza knows which city is which but some of these images are merged multiple cities. Stanza “it’s best not to know which city it is otherwise it becomes more literal, and Stanza is a more abstracted and "expressive" interpretation of the language of landscape that we inhabit though design, rather than informational design or informatics”. The Complexity series is about mixing data to create additional meaning, a poetic understanding of the world.

A while back near where I lived the police used to put signs up in the street where a crime had been committed . After three months the walk to the local shops was a laboured depressing affair. They rapidly disappeared but the impression they left was cutting reminder that the experience of the data and information on the city affects the direction of our psyche. Wandering around in a random way (Le Flaneur) its possible to  experience the meta data of the space to  get these re-imagined space.

Series exhibited at:  Bruges Museum 2015.  La  Panacee Centre de Culture Contemporaine France  2015. Hacking Habitat. Art Of Control. Utrecht The Netherlands 2014.TSSK Trondheim.Norway 2014. Centre des Arts d'Enghien-les-Bains France 2014

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Stanza at TSSK gallery with his painting from Matrixity series.


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TSSK gallery exhbition with Stanza painting from Matrixity series.


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Matrixity series In Paris. Centre des Arts d'Enghien-les-Bains.