Title: Velocity: Landscapes of Collaborative Entanglement.
WHAT: This artwork uses a custom made software APP to track participants in the city. The data is then represented as a morphed collective group entity; a visual collage of collective collaborative entanglement. All your visitors can become involved in a massive collaborative digital public engagement experience, shown in the city, or gallery. What you experience is an interconnected system, an entangled virus of monitored collective behaviour. We are all one.
WHY: We have been reduced to binary to zeroes and ones in the large data systems owned by the state or by larger corporations. In the 'age of surveillance capitalism' maybe there is another way to combine our zeroes and ones and to re-entangle us. Instead of state control , instead of corporate control, Velocity shares the data streams and mixes them together for all to see. 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. By combining and sharing everyone's data in this artwork the participants become a large performing entangled group.
The focus becomes participation and inclusivity within the larger system, rather than alienation and exclusivity.The artwork becomes a real-time collective performance 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. 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 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.
Available. Get in touch. When it is exhibited, the customised 3d 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. ( 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 the APP. You also need to provide at least one good computer (connected to the internet) and one good projector as a minimum. It can also be shown as a triptych (which looks great) in which case you need three computers and three projectors (or three very large screens).
A custom made app gathers data to the server. Several coded cities are now online. Several data streams are merged some with machine learning through a unique stanza.api.The data is then visualised in three.js. ( It gets customised for each city)
Download Stanza Velocity APP.
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 artistic 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.
Available for festivals and exhibitions. Further technical development and concepts for data merging can also be developed.
(c) Credits. Artwork by Stanza. Main website stanza.co.uk
Technical development; Stanza, Nick Rothwell, and Jonathan Jones Morris.