Parallel Reality By Stanza 2004 - 2007
Here is a slection of work from Parallel Reality Series I .These artworks are made from thousands of live real time CCTV images using custom made software which captures the images over selected periods of time. Some images represent an hour of time, some are overnight and some show weeks.
Underpinning these artworks and research, are a whole series of potential problems about observation, surveillance, privacy, and the ethics of the control space. Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analyzed, interpreted and logged. These artworks are made from small unit blocks, simplified then re built , re-cored re-formed into an understanding that can re-communicate the complexity of the larger system.
From Charlie Gere: "For me Stanza does not conform to the traditional idea of the artist as someone who operates at the level of human aesthetics. It is rather as if he had taken it upon himself to be a channel for the expanded range of aesthetic experiences available beyond the human sensorium, and find some modes of expression that can make those experiences available to us. There is a sense, looking at and hearing his work, of it being a vanishingly small representation of a far greater set of possibilities, and it is only his human finitude that limits his production. "