-The Portrait of Sofia Imber- by Carlo Zanni, 2003 - 2011 - ongoing
TO ENTER THE PROJECT
The "Portrait of Sofia Imber" - a Venezuelan philanthropist - is shaped like a classic 32 x 32 pixel desktop icon. You can drag and drop it around your screen. In truth each pixel forming the Sofia's face (eyes, mouth and face's shape) isn't a normal and static color but a dynamic pixel-image.
Each pixel is an image taken from an online Google image searching process. The portrait keeps querying Google choosing randomly among 5 pre-programmed queries. Each image is then resized as 1x1 pixel size and imported into the portrait. Each image, being resized, takes a specific color depending on the color percentages of the original photo (a photo filled by a lot of red can become a red pixel).
portrait refreshes every 15 seconds displaying new face expressions
due to the color scheme obtained resizing the found images. Some of
them can end being filled by white pixels so giving the feeling of missing
pixels, ruining the original portrait layout.
this work from 2003, lies my interest around the concept of "sign"
and "mark". It is part of a series of works for which I tried
to develop a tool** to draw lines and make patterns, using images, audio
files and videos instead of classic colors.
Query Fill is an under construction conceptual tool. It is a "live
paintbrush", a "magic wand" giving "life" to
drawings. Instead of having lines of pixels making the drawing, "Query
Fill" uses images taken from search engine query results to generate
it. People's behaviours affect the form and the content of the drawing.
Because of the real time image finding process, these works tells us
about our own life, and somehow, they get "old" as the famous
Dorian Grey's Portrait by Oscar Wilde.