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July 29, 2013 8:38 AM   Subscribe

Artist Sergio Albiac is creating generative portraits from selfies. You can be part of his new exhibition by submitting a photo via Google Drive. "In a nutshell, this experiment, with the participation of an Internet audience, will produce as many artworks as possible.... An automated process will create human portraits as generative collages, using as sources some images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Generated portraits will be exhibited at the flickr Stardust Portrait exhibition."
posted by Annie Savoy (3 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Can someone please pinpoint the exact moment when "selfie" ("selfy?") entered the lexicon?

Cool post.
posted by Melismata at 10:42 AM on July 29, 2013

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?

Erm.. Maybe?

After looking at the photos for a while: This is a neat effect. I could see it being a phone app or something. I don't know that a potentially infinite set of these photos brings something additional to the table...
posted by dubold at 11:44 AM on July 29, 2013

Can someone please pinpoint the exact moment when "selfie" ("selfy?") entered the lexicon?

According to Know Your Meme, "selfy" was used as early as 2004 on Flickr. "Selfy" was first submitted to Urban Dictionary on 22 April 2005; "selfie" was added on 22 July 2009. "Selfie" was also included in Jim Krause's November 2005 Photo Idea Index.

In other words, it's been around a lot longer than I thought -- I've only heard it personally within the last year.
posted by Annie Savoy at 12:47 PM on July 29, 2013 [2 favorites]

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