Sergio Albiac: Hubble telescope portraits

“Artist Sergio Albiac has set out to prove we really are all stardust with an out-of-this world collection of portraits using images from the Hubble telescope. The Barcelona-based artist has created more than 11,000 mosaic portraits from a combination of images of deep space and photos sent in by the public. Albiac, a computer science engineer, has written software that produces portraits made up of stars and galaxies from a palette of shots from Hubble.
‘Creativity is infinite. New ideas are the result of combinations and processing of existing ideas, as new matter is a cosmic combination of existing matter. Everything is connected, recycled, reformulated, forever, Albiac told the Smithsonian.
It has taken him 60 days to create more than 11,000 pictures, made up from photos the public send in.
‘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?’ he said.Albiac created a palette of about 50 stars and galaxies from Hubble in a technique he calls ‘generative collage’. The software he wrote then recreates a photo of a person made up entirely of stars.
‘Humans are believed to be novel combinations of cosmic stardust. It could be argued that the whole universe is the biggest running generative art installation today,’ the artist said.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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