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Art Art Stanza Welcome to my website, its my gallery, its also my studio Steve Tanza, Portrait of  Stanza

Dr Stanza is an independent artist who is based in London who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1982.

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Artistic Practice

Stanza focuses on the landscape of monitored and networked real-time information flows, and the artworks created reflect this. Underpinning his artworks is a whole series of potential problems about observation, invisible agency, and the ethics of the control space. Stanza's digital artworks are experienced as fused mashed-up data cities and real-time performative city experiences, all re-presented online as systems of control and systems that demonstrate how these systems control. Furthermore, the artwork demonstrates how we are complicit and thus entangled in the surveyed and monitored technological layers that the artworks are communicating and fit seamlessly into what he calls panoptic aesthetics. What becomes real are the art installations, sculptures, and paintings Stanza exhibits. The technologies incorporated in his digital artworks can include, custom-made sensors, networked cameras, robotics, and computers. His artworks often use environmental data, traffic data, and networked information, and using these real-time data, serves as a reminder of our ever-changing identity in the digital age. His most recent work connects data streams from ‘Smart Cities’ speculating on ideas for merging various types of data using methods of artificial intelligence AI and ML learning to create new artistic scenarios. The thrust of these artworks aims to show what happens when the public is allowed to make their own mixes and visualisations with the data, reclaiming ownership and representing data in new and different ways.

His artworks have won twenty international art prizes and art awards including:- Vidalife 6.0 First Prize Spain. SeNef Grand Prix Korea. Videobrasil First Prize Brazil. Cynet Art First Prize Germany. Share First Prize Winner Italy: His art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship a Clarks bursary, and numerous international arts residencies.

Stanza engages directly with galleries and private clients, and numerous commissions include work for Quays Culture, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Watermans Art Centre, FACT, the Open Data Institute, The Goodwood Festival Of Speed, and The Lowry. His artworks have been exhibited in over one hundred exhibitions globally. Participating venues have included:- Venice Biennale Italy: Deutsches Museum Germany: Victoria Albert Museum UK: Tate Britain UK: Mundo Urbano Spain: Bruges Museum Belgium: Fundacion Telefonica in Spain: TSSK Norway: State Museum, Novosibirsk: Biennale of Sydney: Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico: Plymouth Arts Centre: ICA London: Sao Paulo Biennale: De Markten Brussels: Transport Museum London: Haifa Museum: QUAD Derby FACT Liverpool: Ars Nova Museum Finland: York Art Gallery: Centre des Arts Les Bain France: Bury Art Museum, UK: Kellen Gallery USA: Samel Art Museum USA: Shrewsbury Museum UK : Samsung Media Centre Korea: Heinz Nixdorf Museum Germany.  

Some of his most well known digital art projects include: -

Stanza was one of the first artists to use the internet as an art medium. His major online projects include the Netart archive, (a global soundmap project 1997-2020), (DNA-based artworks 2000), (urban and city systems 1996), (generative painting 1997), and (an online curated art portal 1996 + now offline).

Dr Stanza AKA Steve Tanza (PhD, MA, BA, Cert Ed, PG Dip) studied art at Goldsmiths College University of London, Greenwich University, Central Saint Martins and University Of Westminster London. Stanza was also an AHRC arts research fellow at Goldsmiths College.


Portrait of stanza , aka STeve Tanza

Portrait of the artist Stanza. Hi res here.

Dr Stanza aka  Steve Tanza.