The Reader is large six foot data visualization sculpture of the artist Stanza wearing a hoodie reading a book. The sculpture becomes a pulsing algorithmic heartbeat of living data. It is made with custom made digital software and hardware generating live events inside the sculpture. The data body acts to reposition a future view of ourselves when embedded technologies will become part of our everyday lives. The artwork explores new ways of thinking about life, the emergence and interaction within public space, and how this affects the socialization of space. It uses open data and new technologies to question audiences’ experiences of real-time events. We live in a world of infobesity, we are bombarded with information that is made malleable and shaped to give it meaning.
STANZA is an award winning London based artist whose practice includes installations, netart, public art, generative data driven art, paintings and prints. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum.