When you have a person who is a computer science engineer with a background in art and art history, it is almost inevitable that their mind will develop a weird and wonderful idea. Sergio Albiac is one such individual. In his most recent artworks, called ‘Stardust: An experiment in generative portraiture‘, he has written software that can take a photographic portrait and turn it into a cosmic mosaic using Hubble space telescope images.
Some artists hire assistants, but Albiac has taken a different path and used his vast knowledge of computers to create a software program to assist him in the production of these eye-catching portraits. With the assistance of his computer, Albiac has created more than 11,000 portraits in less than 60 days.
The artist explains why he uses technology to assist him in the creative process:
“Life is finite. Creativity isn’t. An artist has the potential to create infinite artworks but only some of them will see the light due to the constraint of time. What if we use technology to outsource the creation of art so more of these potential artworks are finally created?”
His ‘Stardust’ images are the first experiment around the concept of modelling artistic decisions into software to assist in the creation of meaningful works of art. The theme for the series of portraits is the concept of nucelosynthesis. Albiac explains this concept as ‘the process of the creation of new atomic nuclei from pre-existing matter that takes place at cosmic scale’. The starry portraits play on the idea that humans are believed to be novel combinations of cosmic stardust.
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