Stanza is an internationally recognised British artist, who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1984. His artworks have won twenty international art prizes and art awards including:- Vidalife 6.0 First Prize Spain. SeNef Grand Prix Korea. Videobrasil First Prize Brazil. Cynet Art First Prize Germany. Video Brasil First Prize. Share First Prize Winner Italy: Stanzas art has also been rewarded with a prestigious Nesta Dreamtime Award, an Arts Humanities Creative Fellowship and a Clarks bursary. Numerous commissions include work for Wolverhamjpton Art Gallery, Watermans Art Centre, FACT, and the Open Data Institute
His artworks have been exhibited with over one hundred exhibitions globally. Participating venues have included :- Venice Biennale: Victoria Albert Museum: Tate Britain: Mundo Urbano Madrid: Bruges Museum: TSSK Norway: State Museum, Novorsibirsk: Biennale of Sydney: Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico: Plymouth Arts Centre: ICA London: Sao Paulo Biennale: De Markten Brussels: Transport Museum London:
Stanza artworks since the mid eighties have focused on the participatory system the 'city' that frames questions within his work opening up conversations about the politics of space. He creates investigations about the construction of space, the environment, and landscapes you cannot see. Selected artwork monitor the behaviours, activities, and changing information, of the world around us often using networked devices and electronically transmitted information across the internet. This can include observation from a distance by means of custom made sensors, networked cameras and computers. Stanza reforms this information and data creating what he calls parallel realities.
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. He uses multiple new technologies to create distances between real time multi point perspectives that emphasise a new visual space. The purpose of this is to communicate feelings and emotions that we encounter daily which impact on our lives and which are outside our control. The results can be aesthetically beautiful maps of data and useful information such as personal interests, beliefs, and activities or large scale installations representing weather, environmental, pollution and traffic data.
Artworks have focused on the city as a control system and various art projects have been made using live real time environmental data, surveillance and security data, news and real time information systems. The artworks 'The Emergent City' , 'Sonicity', 'Urban Generation' reform data, working 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. Interactive and visually appealing, his style also maintains the substantive power through multi-facetted content.
He is a pioneer of net art and was one of the first to use internet art as a medium. Since 1995 his websites and generative artworks have been one of his major artistic outputs.
Online projects by Stanza include his main Netart archive (www.stanza.co.uk/projects_netart.html) as well as www.soundcities.com (The global soundmap project) .
Other net art projects include
www.genomixer.com (DNA system artworks) www.thecentralcity.co.uk (urban and city systems) www.amorphoscapes.com (generative paintings) and www.soundtoys.net (online generative art portal).
Educated in 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.
His mediums include; netart, paintings, videos, installations, software systems and public artworks.
CV & Education
2010 - City of Dreams, Lanterhouse International., Ulverston
2010 - Park:, Towneley Park, Burnley AND festival. 2010
2008 - Visitors To A Gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth UK
2005 - You Are My Subjects, HTTP Gallery, London.
2004 - Active Interiors: 10 Years of Interactive Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
2004 - Soundtoys ICA London., ICA ., London.
2002 - The Central City: Retrospective , Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo , Mexico 2002.
1999 - Reflexive:, Candid Gallery , London.
1992 - Techno Primative: Paintings. , Wolfson College , Oxford.
2011 - Decode show, V & A Museum , London
2011 - Sense and the City., Transport Museum London, London
2010 - Map Marking, Pace digital gallery, New York USA
2010 - Sensity, Future Places, Porto
2010 - Urbam Generation, Mediamatic, Netherlands., Netherlands.
2007 - Central City. , The Danish Architecture Centre, , Denmark
2007 - Digitally Yours, Turku, Finland 2007
2007 - Inner City, Venice Biennale, Italy
2000 - Soundcities, www.soundcities.com, www.soundcities.com
2000 - Soundtoys, www.soundtoys.net, www.soundtoys.net
2011 - Guest Speaker , Victoria And Albert Museum , London.
2011 - Panel Speaker for Article 12 , Barbican Centre ., London.
2010 - Future Places. , Invited Speaker, Portugal.
2010 - Invited Speaker. , Tek Metamorf Trondheim., Norway
2010 - Paying Attention Conference. , Invited Speaker. , Sweden
2009 - Sound Ecologies. , City University , London.
2010 - Capacities 2010. , Lanternhouse International, Ulverston
2010 - City of dreams residency, Lanternhouse city of dreams, Lanternhouse
2009 - Digital residency, Folly, 2009.
2004 - Artists Links , Shanghai , China
Competitions, prizes and awards
2011 - Digital Turku , Grand Prix, Finland:
2010 - AOF Nova First Prize , Trondheim , Norway
2006 - AHRC Creative fellowship 2006 - 2009, Goldsmiths College, London
2005 - Videoformes Videoformes First Prize, Multimedia, France:
2004 - Art In Motion V. First Prize , LA, USA
2004 - NESTA Dreamtime Award, NESTA Dreamtime Award, London
2003 - Fififestival Grand Prize, France , France
2003 - New Voices Competition Winner , Digifest: Canada , Digifest: Canada
2003 - Vidalife 6.0 First Prize, Spain, Spain
2001 - Videobrasil First Prize , Brasil , Brasil
2000 - Cynet Art First Prize , Germany: , Germany:
2006 - AHRC Creative fellowship 2006 - 2009, Goldsmiths, London
2004 - NESTA Dreamtime Award., Studio, London