The Emergent City presented at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the future lab.

July 12, 2019 by stanza Leave a reply »

Thanks to Lucy Johnston for  curating The Emergent City at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the future lab. The Emergent city is a spectacular installation using real time data interactions to create a unique responsive connected city installation and interactive experience which is both audio visual and participatory. This is the most complex art city the artist has made to date which is custom built for each location. You see a large spectacular installation made of hundreds of custom electronics parts and computer parts built into a city. Each individual customised area reacts to layers of incoming data from a variety of sources which are mixed and reassembled to create a unique hybrid Third Space. This is an audience engaging multi layered digital experience of the modern world and includes:- overlayering smart city IOT networks which change and affect in real time the lights and motors, so that the whole installation is actually a hugely impactful responsive smart city data visualisation. There are screens showing the data sets and real time feeds from the connected networks of mesh sensors. There are several towers which are customised to show live surveillance and camera feeds of people inside the space as well as another software showing the wider context of networked surveillance from 300 cameras in London. There is an extended sound layer of global city sounds which is created into a unique connected city interface merging sounds and maps from over fifty world’s cities and traversing the globe and this can augment the whole experience by playing these sounds in a network also built into the installation. Additional and optional news and stock exchange data can be presented into the installation. Other layered systems in development include a unique phone  APP called Velocity that allows the installation to track people walking which then visualises this data and incorporates this into The Emergent City while demonstrating the possibilities of shared open and collaborative data in an ethical and responsible way.

Stanza Artwork

Stanza Artwork

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THE ‘DISTRICTS’ OF THE EMERGENT CITY. Authenticity – SoundcitiesDiversityElectricity – Toxicity – Omnicity – Publicity – Simplicity – UniversityMultiplicity – Velocity – Capacity

Authenticity (The Nemesis Machine)

Internet of Things (IoT) mesh sensor networks – draw in real-time environmental data activity, which is merged together to represent a world full of data that Stanza calls The Third Space. The sensors include light, temperature, noise, sound and humidity.

Soundcities

A complex artwork in itself, for 20 years Stanza has been collecting city sounds from all over the world, stored in a constantly generating map platform. Explore thousands of these recorded sounds of urban environments through a bespoke audio-visual interface built inside this cityscape.

Diversity

A network of small screens and micro cameras capture the visiting audience insidethe space and around the installation in real-time, embedding this visual information back into the artwork to involve us all as temporary participants or citizens engaging with the city.

Electricity

Embedded WiFi beacons scan all the network activity in the locality. This data is visualised as a stream of numbers inside the experience, to represent the complex networks that a city is built on and with which we all interact. We are all connected in this way.

Toxicity

Two separate local sensor networks use hardwired sensors to measure air quality and pollution. These include NO2, CO2, O2 and alcohol. These are the type of general air pollution and car pollution sensors used for urban air quality measurement.

Omnicity

Screens embedded into the cityscape stream live traffic camera and vehicle imagery from the London road network. Bespoke software re-works this information and adds an additional visual layer, creating a generative data visualisation of real-time city data.

Publicity

Images from online news and information sources are constantly fed to screens. These information streams are presented as a fast-flowing visual experience, reflecting our saturated, 24/7 experience of media data.

Simplicity

A representation of published transit data from Transport for London, which shows the rapid adoption payment gateways inside the city in this case across the capital.

University

Embracing a site as a ‘temporary city’, a custom data visualisation visualises anonymised data taken from the Festival of Speed showing the collective flow of 80,000 representative visitors – temporary citizens – around the festival site.

Multiplicity

The projected animation across the cityscape grid is a generative software system inspired by traffic motion and open transport systems, which demonstrates the speed and agency of movement through a city.

 

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