Velocity: Landscapes of Collaborative Entanglement.
The APP tracks people in the city, in the park or at home as individuals and this data collected. The data is then represented as a morphed collective group entity, a visual collage of where we have all been and what we have been looking at. Participants are monitored by the system and the collected data is used to visualise them through the online visualisation which can also be shown at home, in the city, or gallery. While the system can be used to track individuals the result is like a collaborative collage of all data collected. What you experience is a real time artwork as an interconnected system.
The artwork focuses on the idea that we are greater than the sum of our individual parts and by working together we become active agents for positive change. We can now do this in isolation but we realise we are part of a bigger system. By combining and sharing everyone's data in this artwork the participants become a large performing entangled group. The focus of the artwork is participation and inclusively within the larger system, rather than alienation and exclusivity. The artwork becomes a real-time collective performance on the landscape and the technology highlights how separate and stacked informational layers can be threaded to be made visible as an interwoven and entangled universe that has no borders. Rather than being dissempowered by technology and surveillance tracking systems the software allows a re-empowerment through collective agency and open enterprise.
Festival events and large Groups. This software is initially designed with festivals and large scale pubic events in mind. All your visitors can become involved in a massive collaborative digital artwork. Each person with the app on their phone is active in the creation of the resulting projected artwork.
Download the APP and track yourself and see anyone else that has done it also. Keep in touch through data.
When it is exhibited the online the visualisation can be seen in galleries in the city or on your own computer at home in real time.
If outdoors what you need is a projection system to see it plus a computer and it can be shown indoors or outdoors.
Artistic Context and further information. The artwork demonstrates how everyday interactions in the city can by using adaptive technologies create communities and wider social interaction which in turn allows for collaborative engagement. The artwork viewed becomes a self organising visualisation of the contemporary city as an organic system. Today the intersections of information, life, and machines display complexities that suggest the possibility of a much deeper synthesis within this entanglement. The visualisation created is an alternative perspective based on human machine interactions that are structured through codified behaviors inferring collective agency. The concept is based on the idea of 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 and we are complicitly involved. Therefore how can we open this out as a collaborative entity of which we are all part, that benefits us all.
The artworks further comments on how we all be tracked and surveilled both now and in the future.
Exhibition Logisitics.This need willingness on you behalf to promote and get your audience and visitors to install and run the APP.
You need to provide one computer (connected to the internet) and one projector as a minimum. If you can it can also be shown as a triptych in which case you need three computers and three projectors (or thee large screens).
For curators. If you want this for your event please get in touch.
Wider Cultural Context.
Everyone participating in the artwork becomes a flaneur a sort of cultural wanderer who is no longer isolated. The terms of flânerie dates to the 16th or 17th century, denoting strolling, idling, often with the connotation of wasting time. While Baudelaire characterized the flâneur as a "gentleman stroller of city streets. He saw the flâneur as having a key role in understanding, participating in, and portraying the city. A flâneur thus played a double role in city life and in theory, that is, while remaining a detached observer. “The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. “— Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life". Walter Benjamin adopted the concept of the urban observer both as an analytical tool and as a lifestyle. Debord defines the dérive as "a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances."It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relation and 'let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there'. Debord indicates.
Main website http://stanza.co.uk/
Image of the projected version of the software which can be projected outside or in galleries.
(c) Credits. Artwork by Stanza. 2019. Main website stanza.co.uk
Technical development; Stanza, Nick Rothwell, and Jonathan Jones Morris