Archive for May, 2008

“Gallery” by Stanza, is a dynamic public sculpture viewable over the internet.

May 28th, 2008

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"Gallery” by Stanza, is a dynamic public sculpture viewable over the internet.

“Gallery” by Stanza, is a dynamic public sculpture viewable over the internet. Gallery describes the space, in this case the upper gallery in Plymouth Arts Centre, England. Made during an artist in residency project in situ in the gallery space during feb 2008.

The gallery interior has been made virtual and placed online. “Gallery”, is part of a series of process led experiments in data visualization within the context on an art gallery. This is an experimental engagement with data in the art gallery using sensors and CCTV. Stanza asks , “what happens during the process of visiting the gallery as a dataspace”; ie what happens to the gallery and what do the visitor do?

The sensors are used as real time recording devices to gather information about the sensory behaviour of the real space. The gallery becomes the artwork formed by the emergent real time data in the space.
The gallery laid bare as a work of art. Gallery proposes that the data is art. The art is a real time flow of the things around us that allow our senses to invoke understanding. The gallery space becomes the art described by the shifts in light, temperature and noises in the space over time.

Theory Of Evolution Of Cities Links Science, Fractal Geometry

May 27th, 2008

Theory Of Evolution Of Cities Links Science, Fractal Geometry

All from this link:

ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2008) — A paper by Professor Michael Batty (UCL CASA) published in ‘Science’ and the video that accompanies this highlights a new way of looking at cities that has emerged during the last 20 years that could revolutionise planning and ultimately benefit city dwellers.

‘The Size, Scale and Shape of Cities’ advocates an integrated approach to the theory of how cities evolve by linking urban economics and transportation behaviour with developments in network science, allometric growth and fractal geometry.

Professor Batty argues that planning’s reliance on the imposition of idealised geometric plans upon cities is rooted in the nineteenth century attitude which viewed cities as chaotic, sprawling and dirty. Instead, he reports research that suggests beneath the apparent chaos, there is a strong order: “Cities are the example par excellence of complex systems: emergent, far from equilibrium, requiring enormous energies to maintain themselves, displaying patterns of inequality spawned through agglomeration and intense competition for space, and saturated flow systems that use capacity in what appear to be barely sustainable but paradoxically resilient networks.”

These geometrical plans, such as Ebenezer Howard’s ‘Garden City of Tomorrow’, propose an ideal city size and structure, which according to Professor Batty, ignores the way in which real cities develop: “Idealised cities are simply too naïve with respect to the workings of the development process, and competition for the use of space that characterises the contemporary city and the degree of diversity and heterogeneity that the most vibrant cities manifest.”

Instead, according to Professor Batty, cities grow through allometry – growth at different rates – resulting in a change of proportion – and this changes the energy balance used to sustain them. “Network science provides a way of linking size to the network forms that enable cities to function in different ways. The impacts of climate change, the quest for better performance, and the seemingly intractable problems of ethnic segregation and deprivation due to failures in job and housing markets can all be informed by a science that links size to scale and shape through information and material and social networks that constitute the essential functioning of cities.”

While Professor Batty is quick to point out that the method of looking at how cities function as complex systems is still in its infancy, he is confident that the past and continuing practice of imposing an idealised geometric system on them won’t resolve current urban ills. “This new science makes us much more aware of the limits of planning. It is likely to lead to a view that as we learn more about the functioning of such complex systems, we will interfere less but in more appropriate ways


stanza kaleidoscopic robots software 2007

Stanza artwork….2007

Participatory Urbanism

May 23rd, 2008
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Amber stanza with CCTV data globe (no reproduction rights allowed) 2005

We argue there are two indisputable facts about our future mobile devices:

(1) that they will be equipped with more sensing and processing capabilities and (2) that they will also be driven by an architecture of participation and democracy that encourages users to add value to their tools and applications as they use them.  What happens when individual mobile devices are augmented with novel sensing technologies such as noise pollution, air quality, UV levels, water quality, etc? We claim that it will shatter our understanding of these devices as simply communication tools (a.k.a. phones) and celebrates them in their new role as measurement instruments. We envision a wide range of novel physical sensors attached to mobile devices, empowering everyday non-experts with new “super-senses” and abilities. All quoted from the website. Participatory Urbanism


Stanza image tracking people from CCTV 2004.

Sound in The City.

May 19th, 2008
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Stanza Image: GPS sound map, around my house.

“This application visitors of the IAMS website can listen to recorded soundwalks and simultaniously follow the track on the world maps of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth ®.

This gives the opportunity to evaluate and compare the sounds at their orginal (but virtual) locations. The application went online with 18 soundwalks as a start.
Sound designers, sound recordists, sound hunters and sound amateurs of all kinds will (soon) be invited to take part in this soundscape research project.

We as researchers are interested in how cities sound. To that purpose we wish to collect sounds of as many places in the world as possible. Recordings of rural places and nature are also welcome for inspiration and comparison.

You can also enjoy the audio maps as a form of acoustical tourism.
We developed an application that makes it easy to input the data of your walk. In the next version (to be released very soon) you can upload your own recordings and connect the corresponding path to Virtual Earth ® maps.

These data and the recording will generate a Virtual Earth ® tour connected with your audio. Everybody can watch and listen to this tour and the timing of your audio will correspond exactly with the locations on the map. You will find the instructions for uploading in the next version of the application.” all quoted off the website

Surveillance in the city.

May 8th, 2008


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Stanza proposal for new CCTV sculpture system in Piccadily London. We bow down to you…..the mother of big brother. copyright Stanza 2006