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 2×2-inch pixel and invited to stick their square to a 20×8-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 this 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.”