Matrixity Series By Stanza

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A selection of artwork from the folio called "Matrixity Map Series". Original signed artworks on canvas size 100cm by 100cm all individually titled. These artworks depict maps with layers of confused data and mixed information about the landscape. These are all based on real places but they becomes poetic interpretations of places we inhabit. These are all non-editioned artworks. Every print is a one-off, unique print on canvas. Each is signed on the back and has the provenance where they have been previously exhibited.

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. I  see these forms as the drawing and marks we have made and and left  behind on the landscape. In essence the artworks represent the scars on the landscape that we have created into by our actions. They all have in common that they depict maps with layers of confused data, mixed information, and they  juxtapose 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 or by chance 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 also merge city data with other cities to create what I term The Third Space a sort of confused 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.

I know which city is which but some of these images are merged multiple cities. I think its best not to know which city it is otherwise it becomesmore literal, and actually I am seeking a more abstracted and "expressive" interpretation of the language of landscape that we inhabit though design, rather than informational design or informatics. The concept in the series is about mixing data to create additional meaning, a poetic understanding of the world. . I use this term The Third Space as it came out research using my wireless sensors in 2006- 2009 when I speculated on merged data cities and overlapping border-less space in the virtual world for my project The Emergent City (essay  and these artworks all to some extent use mixed data sets.

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.


TSSK Trondiem Norway

Centre des Arts d'Enghien-les-Bains France

Brugges Museum Belgium.

Hacking Habitat. Art Of Control. Utrecht The Netherlands


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