The Reader is a 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. This interactive system is based on a 3d scan of the artist’s body. After scanning the artist’s body, the file was modeled into the shapes that are cut. The whole construction is then assembled like a jigsaw. Over one hundred micro display screens show data pulsing through the body and has taken over one year to design and make. At the Speculum Artium 2022 festival, the sculpture will present Slovenian schoolchildren’s answers to key questions about the future of humanity.

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