The Emergent City. From Complexity to The City of Bits.

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Ben Pimlott lecture theatre
6pm on Thursday 25th Jul


Stanza is an internationally recognised artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. He 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.

His artworks have won prestigious painting prizes and twenty international prize and art awards including: Vidalife 6.0 First Prize. SeNef Grand Prix. Videobrasil First Prize. Stanza’s art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary award.

Stanza’s artworks have been exhibited globally with over fifty exhibitions including: Venice Biennale, Victoria and 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.

His latest installation ‘The Emergent City. From Complexity to The City of Bits’ is displayed at Watermans until the 26th July.

The Emergent City. From Complexity to The City of Bits captures the changes over time in the environment (city) and represents the changing life and complexity of space as an emergent artwork. The installation goes beyond simple single user interaction to monitor and survey in real time the whole city and entirely represent the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing and complex system.
The artwork explores new ways of thinking about life, emergence and 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 real time events and create visualizations of life as it unfolds. The interactions of all this data are re-formed and re-contextualised in real time artwork.