Archive for June, 2010

100 Imaginary Cities made of metal.

June 19th, 2010
 Imaginary Cities

Stanza artwork. Imaginary Cities. 2010

One Hundred  Imaginary Cities.  One of one hundred cities made in metal.  Based on simple code but made by hand.  Exploring the relationship between the analogue and the digital.

So far  I  have exhibited them at Flux Studios South London and I have just exhibited them as part of Camberwell Arts Week London as a installation of the floor and at Lanternhouse international.

 Imaginary Cities 2010

Stanza artwork. Custom made city. 2010

RESPONSIVE ARCHITECURE FACADE – DATACITIES. Nova Folkets Hus facade international juried competition

June 18th, 2010

Stanza . Responsive architecture. 2010. AOF Facade Norway.

This proposal has won the Nova Folkets Hus facade international juried competition and is now in development over the next two years. The facade becomes a live dynamic smart interface, an artwork that changes its behavior as a result of the changing condition in the environment. This works by sensing the city and the environment to make art. The results become representations of the real time spaces and environment of Trondheim Norway.

Environmental data is collected across the urban and environment infrastructure to make the artwork; using custom made sensors in the building and around the city. (30 custom environmental sensors units measure, light, noise, sound, humidity, and temperature). This data is turned into a online real time visualization of the space. The sensors interpret the micro-data of the interactive city. The output from the sensors display the real time environmental and emotional state of the city online in real time and the information will be used on the façade and online interface to control it.

My environmental sensors are scattered all over the building and city; this means I am literally painting with live data.

Stanza Live City Data

Artwork sensors in the building and around the city. Stanza 2010.

Beautiful City Maps: Stanza Paintings 1988

June 18th, 2010
Stanza Cities of the Iaginary world. Oil of canvas

Stanza painting. Oil On Canvas. 1988. In Private Collection.

Artwork  by Stanza. 1988

This is a map I painted in 1988 now in a private collection.  One of a series of beautiful city maps.  Oil on canvas.  Thought I  would post it up as I am off to research the maps at the  British  Library.   Maps as works of art, propaganda pieces, expressions of local pride, tools of indoctrination…the form the imagination at to how we express ourselves on the landscape

Magnificent Maps brings together 80 of the largest, most impressive and beautiful maps ever made, from 200 AD to the present day.

Artists residency at Lanternhouse.

June 18th, 2010

Image: Stanza Installation. 2009

Residency– A City of Dreams. Dates – 21 July until 1 September 2010

This project will take place in the Barn at Lanternhouse,  as I create imaginary electronic city scapes in an open studio process. During the creation process,  I will reveal the architecture of creation.  I will reveal my process; lay bare the reality of the work, physically by showing the machinery of the piece in progress and theoretically with a series of show-and-tell invitations to the public. This is also a new way of using the Barn as a studio and the project will help Lanternhouse make sense of the actual building and how spaces are utilised. In this way, the “open studio” mirrors the process of the project, with material and philosophical process being available to witness throughout.

Stanza will document his work and it will be available online for audience and participants to follow.  The Barn will be an Open Studio, a public domain space possibly with a live CCTV link available online at for a public online audience to follow the process.  This is not the creation of a visual exhibition; this is open process and development / production of work.

Image: Stanza Capacities Installation. 2010.

Image: Stanza Capacities Installation. 2010.


A City of Dreams is process as exhibition, with opportunities for participants and audience to see the artwork unfold  and then to see the final piece during the last week of September. Participants will have the chance to talk with the artist at intervals through the six week period, as the work develops.  They can engage with the development as there will be the chance to be involved practically in building the city. Stanza will create this work/s and be available to participants during the day as agreed as an “open studio”.  The aim is to allow people to engage in making the work. The artists website will be used as a showing space for the final piece and documentation and selected documentation will also be made available for Lanternhouse website.

Key themes: Networked, real time, responsive, mediated, online, dataspace, city, artwork.

Lanternhouse, The Ellers, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0AA, United Kingdom