Video of the Day: Generative Video Painting of Queen Elizabeth II

By Nicholas Jackson

Barcelona-based artist Sergio Albiac has created what he calls a generative video painting of the Queen. It's a traditional portrait built out of a completely non-traditional medium, video clips. Albiac used popular Internet snippets and arranged them on a canvas to create a kinetic image of Queen Elizabeth II.

"On a technical level, this piece is a result of my research in breaking the limitations of the static image in a contemporary revision of the tradition of painting," Albiac explains on the Vimeo page for this work, entitled "Content is Queen." "The portraits are created using an innovative generative technique that I have developed.... My technique uses regions of video content to effectively represent or 'paint' heterogenous regions of the image. Both the partial content of the videos and the whole image are fully visible at the same time, widening the possibilities to deliver meaning in a contemporary aesthetic language."

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