Sonicity by Stanza (2010)

by stanza

Sonicity is a responsive installation, a sonification of the real space and environment. The sounds you hear are the sounds of the changing environment, ie the changes of noise, light, temperature of the space is turned into a real time sound stream using dozens of wireless sensors presented as an installation on 170 speakers.

This artwork focuses on the real time space and the experience of the gallery visitor as they interact with the space, using data gathered from these new technologies. My system monitors the space (the building) and the environment (the city) and captures live real time data (light , temperature, noise, humidity, position) to create an ambient sonification, an acoustic responsive environment, literally the sound of the micro incidents of change that occur over time.

Full Description

Exhibition mode. The Experience. Data as sound. Data is Sound. Space as Sound. Gallery as Sound.

The patterns, movement, and exchanges of data in the real space, are measured and interpreted as an emergent social space and used to make this artwork; in this case a sonification of the space. This data is processed and turned into sound. There are 170 speakers laid out across the floor like city which you can walk around.

This is essentially what is seen in the gallery. A city of wires and speakers across the floor or on the wall. Sonicity plays live, live data from wireless networks are used to make sonifications of real time spaces. The interactions of all this data are re-formed and re-contextualised in real time as a audio experiences. Hundreds of small speakers are wired together and the artwork is made across the available space.


There are 170 speakers in the installation version and it requires a large floor for it to go on. Version one went on a floor 30 ft by 15ft. This size can vary the minimum size could be 12ft bt 12 ft.

You will need to pay all transport, travel, set up costs per day , insurance for the artwork, and artists fees.

If you want to book the installation version please email. stanza at

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Artist Statement

This artwork explores new ways of thinking about interaction within public space and how this affects the socialization of space. The project uses environmental monitoring technologies and security based technologies, to question audiences experiences of the event and space and gather data inside the space. The project also focuses on the micro-incidents of change, the vibrations and sounds of the gallery using wireless sensor based technologies.

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