Photo: Stanza in London



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 ( as well as (The global soundmap project) .

Other net art projects include (DNA system artworks) (urban and city systems) (generative paintings) and (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.

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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Public art, Web development

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