Stanza is an internationally recognised artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won prestigious painting prizes and ten first prize art awards including:- Vidalife 6.0 First Prize. SeNef Grand Prix. Videobrasil First Prize. Stanzas art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary award.
His artworks have been exhibited globally with over fifty exhibitions including:- Venice Biennale: Victoria Albert Museum: Tate Britain: Mundo Urbano Madrid: New Forest Pavilion Artsway: State Museum, Novorsibirsk. Biennale of Sydney, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico: Plymouth Arts Centre: ICA London: Sao Paulo Biennale:
Stanza is an expert in arts technology, CCTV, online networks, touch screens, environmental sensors, and interactive artworks. Recurring themes throughout his career include, the urban landscape, surveillance culture, privacy and alienation in the city. Stanza is interested in the patterns we leave behind as well real time networked events, that can be re-imagined and sourced for information. His mediums include; generative artworks, paintings, installations and public artworks .
Educated in fine art at Goldsmiths College in the early eighties he later went on to study at Greenwich University and Central Saint Martins Art College London. Stanza returned to Goldsmiths College as a AHRC arts research fellow. He is a pioneer of net art and was one of the first to use internet art as a medium. His websites and net specific artworks have been online since 1995 and these online projects have reached an audience of over four million visitors.
AHRC Creative Fellowship 2006 - 2009 NESTA Dreamtime Award. 2004 Clark Digital Bursary. 2003 Future Physical Grant for Genomixer. 2002 D.T.I. Innovation Award. 1997
STANZA PRIZES IN INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION AND FESTIVALS
Digital Turku 2011 Prize in category Grand Prix: Finland: 2011 AOF Nova First Prize Trondheim Norway: 2010 Videoformes Multimedia First Prize France: 2005 Art In Motion V. First Prize USA: 2004 Vidalife 6.0 First Prize: Spain 2003 Fififestival Grand Prize: France 2003 New Voices Competition Winner Digifest: Canada 2003 New Forms Net Art First Prize: Canada: 2003 Fluxus Online First prize Brasil: 2002 SeNef Online Grand Prize Korea: 2002 File Second prize Brasil 2002 Evolution art prize Australia 2002 Links First prize Portugal: 2001 Videobrasil First Prize Brasil 2001 Cynet Art First Prize Germany: 2000 Netz Lab Germany 2nd prize 2000 Wolfsen 25 Painting Award. First prize: UK: 1991
Nov 2010 Public Spaces commission "Golden Opportunity" FACT Liverpool UK. Jan 2010 Research in Emerging Technology for the disabled for Lanternhouse International. UK. July 2005 DNA code clock commissioned by year 01 for Arts Council Canada. Jan 2006 Net Reality installation and touring exhibition. June 2005 Velocity for Electric Pavilion Bristol. June 2005 Soundtoys Arts Council England Grant. Dec 2002 Grant from Future Physical.
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Stanza is a London based British artist who specializes in interactive art, networked spaces, installations and performances. Stanza's artworks explore artistic and technical opportunities to enable new aesthetic perspectives, experiences and perceptions within context of architecture, data spaces and online environments.
His award winning online projects have been invited for exhibition in digital festivals around the world. Work has centered on the idea of the building as a new display system and various projects have been made using live data, the use of live data in architectural space, and how it can be made into meaningful representations. See 'Publicity', 'Robotica', 'Sensity', as well as a whole series of work manipulating real time CCTV data to making artworks with them: See, 'Velocity', 'Authenticity', 'Urban Generation'. These works reform the data, work with the idea of bringing data from outside into the inside, and then present it back out again in open ended systems where the public is often engaged in or directly embedded in the artwork.
Stanza's work crosses borders between artistic, technological and scientific sectors. He creates participatory digital artworks that invite viewers to guide data flows or to simply observe self-generating compositions. His digital paintings shift through abstract and iconic patterns, which people can explore akin to virtual environments. Interactive and visually appealing, his style also maintains the substantive power through multi-facetted content.
Some of Stanzas most well known projects include: - The Emergent City, visual artworks informed by critical analysis of city spaces. Genomixer is a series of online artworks made using the artists DNA sequence. Soundcities an online database system of thousands of city sounds and city maps. Sensity where Stanza has scattered hundreds of sensors across London to collect data about the environment. Urban Generation uses live CCTV and making online representations of the real time city.
Work has been shown at The Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum. Recipient of Nesta Dreamtime Award, AHRC creative fellowship and over ten international arts prizes. All his artworks can be found at www.stanza.co.uk
Stanza creates visual artworks informed by critical analysis of city spaces.
Stanza researches data within cities and how this can be represented, visualized and interpreted as artworks. Data from security tracking, traffic, and environmental monitoring can has been used to make artworks. These investigations have created new ways of comparing, conceptualizing and then visualizing complex concepts related to the relationship of emergent data and real space in the built environment.
Stanza has made a series of modular artworks that express the possibilities for our data-mediated future. There are three strands to his working process; this involves collecting the data, visualizing the data, and then displaying the data. The outputs from the online interfaces and online visualizations have been realized as real time dynamic artworks as diverse as installations, and real objects, made out of new display materials re-located back in physical space.
In all his artwork he tries to exploit the changing dynamics of city life as a source for creativity to create meaningful artistic metaphors. Stanza utilizes new technologies and integrates new media artworks into the public domain as part of this ongoing research into the visualization of city space. In essence he is researching data as a medium for creativity and how new experiences of our cities may result.
His work has focused on new technologies and their relationship to urban space. In recent years he has spent time researching sensors, motes, CCTV, display technologies and interactive architectures. The body of work, 'The Emergent City' incorporates investigations into movements of people, the pollution in the air, the vibrations and sounds of city spaces. The archives of this data are controlled via bespoke online interfaces which have been re-formed and recounted into real time experiences, making emergent artworks.
By investigating these data structures Stanza creates new metaphors relevant to the experience of the city and the environment. The patterns we make, the visual and imaginative interpretations we give to real world events, are already being networked into retrievable data structures that can be re-imagined and source for information. These patterns disclose new ways of seeing the world. The value of gathering and re-presenting this data in artistic form, and then analyzing its impact and influence, lies in making meaning accessible to a wider audience.
'The Emergent City' has become a series of works that are affecting and effecting incorporating unique patterns that move around as you move around that are based on your data.