VELOCITY

Title: Velocity: Landscapes of Collaborative Entanglement.

This performative public engagement artwork uses a custom made software APP to track participants in the city as individuals. The data is then represented as a morphed collective group entity, a visual collage of where we have all been. 


This APP is for tracking and tracing people in the city, in the park, at home as individuals. Data is collected and these data are 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 is used to track individuals the result becomes a collaborative collage of all data collected. What you experience is a real time artwork as an interconnected system.....a sort of virus of monitored collective behaviour.


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 social 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 disempowered by technology and surveillance tracking systems the software allows a re-empowerment through collective agency and open enterprise. Velocity is not a bye product of your data but specifically asks for your data to create a shared landscape. By merging all the data together it becomes a union, a collective representation of the data consciousness.



Festival events and large Groups. This software is initially designed with festivals and large scale public 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 everyone else that is engaged and sharing the experience also. 

Exhibition

Available for exhibitions. When it is exhibited the online 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. 


Exhibition Logistics. This needs a willingness on your behalf to promote and get your audience and visitors to install and run the APP. You also need to provide at least one computer (connected to the internet) and one projector as a minimum. It can also be shown as a triptych in which case you need three computers and three projectors (or three large screens).


Performance spectacle in your city. We could make this more exciting /interesting by getting the users to wear my hoodies see http://thebinarygraffiticlub.com/ Basically fifty or more people wander the city around wearing my hoodies to create this performance spectacle and the visualisation is projected back in the city somewhere ( maybe the art gallery in the window). If anyone is excited by this; let's talk. 


 

Download Stanza Velocity APP.

 

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Artistic Context. The artwork demonstrates how everyday interactions 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. Systems are now monitoring other systems controlled by ever more sophisticated algorithms. The machine is intelligently controlling its own version of itself, performing in real-time (the avatar city) enabled through the means of research and production. My artworks are not closed off systems but open to continual feedback, change, and response.

 

Essentially data is interpreted and remediated to create a generative screen-based artwork. In this living system it is the code, the algorithmic interpretation that facilitates gateways opening and closing, passages creating new meaning. The artwork redistributes global data almost as a commodity, identifying that the system of control is global and further demonstating our complicit and collaborative entanglement in these panoptic systems..

 

Summary

  • This APP combines your GPS position and photographs to create this artwork.
  • This urban mobility experience tracks you in real time and places the data into an art installation.
  • What you seen on the screen is a poetic interpretation, an abstracted artwork of all the combined phone data.
  • Velocity is an artwork engaging with issues of data ownership and privacy of information.

  • Participants can number from 10 to 10000 or more and they all become part of the artwork at once in real time.

  • Once this data is online it is used as one large data set and visualised as a large artwork which can be exhibited in various ways.

  • The artwork can projected large or exhibited on screens.
  • Rather than being hidden and in the background, this is open, transparent, and in the foreground.
  • All data is anonymized in the system
  • More data is being added to the system.
  • Track and Trace APP

For curators

 

Available for festivals and exhibitions. Further technical development and concepts for data merging can also be developed. Please contact me for more information. Stanza@sublime.net

 

 

Image of the projected version of the software which can be projected outside or in galleries. This was Spectre festival Aberdeen.

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data visualisation by Stanza. Steve Tanza.

 

data visualisation by Stanza

 

data visualisation by Stanza. Steve Tanza.

(c) Credits. Artwork by Stanza. 2019. Main website stanza.co.uk

 

Technical development; Stanza, Nick Rothwell, and Jonathan Jones Morris.

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APPLE

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1464890553

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GOOGLE PLAY

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.surgerydar.Velocity

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ANDROID

http://velocity.stanza.co.uk/stanzavelocity.apk