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GDC 2011 Organizers Showcase 'Painting With Pixels' Timelapse Video
GDC 2011 Organizers Showcase 'Painting With Pixels' Timelapse Video
March 15, 2011 | By Staff

March 15, 2011 | By Staff
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At Game Developers Conference 2011 in San Francisco two weeks ago, video game production group iam8bit teamed up with pixel artist Jude Buffum to create a fascinating "Painting With Pixels" art installation.

Attendees at the event were given a 2x2-inch pixel and invited to stick their square to a 20x8-foot pop portrait.

You might have seen photos of the image in varying states of completion as attendees added their paper pixels to the installation (which contains 5,760 cyan, magenta, yellow, and black pixels in all).

But a new video released by GDC organizers and iam8bit lets you watch a timelapse as the piece takes form over the conference's five days.

Buffum has posted photos of the pixels and installation, as well as fun stories of pixel mischief by the attendees, on his personal blog.

"Overall, it was a great success," says Buffum. "We couldn't have done it without the collaboration of everyone at the conference."

"Each pixel symbolized nothing more than potential on its own, but bring together several thousand of them, take a step back, and you get a real picture of community, and the power of working together."

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Glenn Storm
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I really wanted my black pixel to sit at a 45 degree angle, but it kept getting 'fixed'.

(just under the 'C' in GDC, seen @ day four start)

Fun! Thanks for this. :)

Roberto Dillon
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Indeed I don't think there was any creative freedom at all (for example check in the video, around 2:00, how the Super Mario drawing is mercilessly canceled by the artist...). I think we'd have got a real "power of working together" example if the artist was inspired and driven by how the general public were placing their pixels and progressively build and conceptualize his vision, day by day, together with us.

In this way, on the other hand, I felt like we merely had to bring back the "paint" to the artist to draw something that, most likely, was decided in advance. Not that interesting as an experiment, IMHO, even though it is a handsome painting!

Arjen Meijer
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it's also cool that I know a lot of people sitting around the place, to bad I wasn't there :(

Gregory Kinneman
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One person used a magenta business card. That was pretty cool.