Stanza: Real Time City of Bits Installation Unveiled In Norway

The Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, Norway is presenting the British artists Stanza with his ‘The Emergent City. A Life From Complexity to The City of Bits’. A Mini, Mechanical Metropolis Runs On Real-Time Urban Data captures the changes over time in the environment (city) and represents the changing life and complexity of space as an emergent artwork. The artwork explores new ways of thinking about life, emergence and interaction within public space.The project uses environmental monitoring technologies and security based technologies, to question audiences’ experiences of real time events and create visualizations of life as it unfolds. The installation goes beyond simple single user interaction to monitor and survey in real time the whole city and entirely represent the complexities of the real time city as a shifting morphing complex system.

The data and their interactions – that is, the events occurring in the environment that surrounds and envelops the installation – are translated into the force that brings the electronic city to life by causing movement and change – that is, new events and actions – to occur. In this way the city performs itself in real time through its physical avatar or electronic double: The city performs itself through an-other city.

Cause and effect become apparent in a discreet, intuitive manner, when certain events that occur in the real city cause certain other events to occur in its completely different, but seamlessly incorporated, double. The avatar city is not only controlled by the real city in terms of its function and operation, but also utterly dependent upon it for its existence.

contemporary art with the ambition of illuminating transformative processes as aesthetic phenomena. As one of the biennial venues, we are hosting installations of the British artist Stanza. Among them isThe Emergent City (2012) – an electronic city model with hundreds of electronic components. Who receives and processes information from a network of wireless sensors, that the artist has placed around Trondheim city center.

Stanza uses multiple new technologies to create distances between real time multi point perspectives that emphasis 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 Emergent City is an “Open social sculpture that informs the world and creates new meaningful artistic experiences. The artwork is also a highly technical project that gives vast amounts of information about the environment. By embedding the sensors like this we can re-engage with the fabric of space itself and enable new artistic metaphors within the environment.”

Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art(TSSK) is a non-profit art center managed by the artists in Trøndelag. The exhibition program is set up entirely on basis of professional judgement. Through its affiliated artists, TSSK also has a great influence on the regions visual environment in a large number of projects related to art in public places.

Trøndelag Centre for Contempory Art is situated in the centre of Trondheim. Using Trondheim Sentralbanestasjon (the railway station) as a point of departure, walk across the railway station bridge toward the centre of town and you will find us on your left hand side, in Fjordgata 11. The building where we lease our premises is called the “Bachke” building, a brown construction designed by the architect Herman Krag and erected in 1972/73.

Visit :  Stanza ‘The Emergent City. A Life From Complexity to The City of Bits’.  1 May-1 June 2014  Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst Fjordgata 11, 7010 Trondheim Telefon: (+47) 73 52 49 10

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