Archive for June, 2020

COVID tracking app. Surveillance and control

June 23rd, 2020

Since the Uk government are dragging their heels on a decent tracking app for Covid 19 I thought I would share my new tracking app for large crowds festivals and of course Covid. If the government want to test it out get in touch. The APP tracks people in the city, in the park or at home as individuals and this data collected. The data is then represented as a morphed collective group entity, a visual collage of where we have all been and what we have been looking at. Participants are monitored by the system and the collected data is used to visualise them through the online visualisation which can also be shown at home, in the city, or gallery. While the system can be used to track individuals the result is like a collaborative collage of all data collected. What you experience is a real time artwork as an interconnected system.

Here is the project link http://velocity.stanza.co.uk/

Velocity: Landscapes of Collaborative Entanglement.

Stanza Tracking app for large groups

New York New York Maybe next year….

June 23rd, 2020

I really should be in New York setting up my installation The Nemesis Machine my solo show in the USA. The exhibition is an art system city machine relating to intelligence and the smart city and comments on issues of surveillance and privacy has been quite a few years of planning. Curated by Christiane Paul it was to be installed in the 3000 sq ft Kellen Gallery at the The New School. Anyway just to let you know the show is cancelled as Covid has also infected the arts and like many other artists quite a few of my exhibitions have all been cancelled. The irony here is that this is the second time this planned exhibition has been culled. Two years ago I even shipped the work to New York (forty boxes) only then to be informed the gallery wasn’t t ready yet after a recent fire. So New York twice over, it will have to wait, maybe third time lucky, so see you next year. For now here is a picture of the installation The Nemesis Machine shown featured in the Future lab at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, or read up on the installation. https://stanza.co.uk/nemesis-machineweb/index.html

Stanza Artwork. The Nemesis Machine shown featured in the Future lab at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Salisbury Cathedral celebrates 800 years with art exhibition

June 22nd, 2020

Three years in the planning, Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour brings together work from some of the most important and influential contemporary artists of the 20th and 21st century, including Antony Gormley, Shirazeh Houshiary, Henry Moore, Grayson Perry, Eduardo Paolozzi, Lynn Chadwick, Tony Cragg, Martin Creed  Conrad Shawcross, Stanza and Mark Wallinger. It was a significant commitment on the part of the Cathedral for its anniversary year. The actual exhibition Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavor was originally part of Salisbury 2020 City on the move, a year of events and activities planned to celebrate the Cathedral’s move from Old Sarum and its foundation on the present site. Sadly, many of those events have had to be deferred or cancelled but plans are underway to move some of that activity online. The first challenge was to mount an exhibition that embodies the spirit, ambition, faith and endeavour that brought about that move and the construction of this magnificent Cathedral. Her second was to imbue the online exhibition tour with as much of the awe and wonder that the original exhibition evokes. Curated by Jacquiline Creswell. The shows runs until November 2020 and a catalogue is in production.

The Reader By Stanza

The Reader is a large six foot data visualization sculpture of the artist Stanza wearing a hoodie reading a book and poses a series of questions…. What will happen in the future when embedded chips in our bodies have access to the world’s information data and knowledge? Who will have access to this world of data and how will you know who does? What happens when AI and machine intelligence becomes part of our human fabric? https://stanza.co.uk/TheReader_web/index.html