Artist of the month: Massimiliano Marchese (Italy)

My name is Massimiliano, I am 38 years old and I live in a small village in Sicily, near Catania. I have always been a lover of photography but for about four years this passion has amplified … and become a style of life … my task is to be a traveling companion, always searching for the moment that I might be able to immortalize. I adore black and white street photography and portraits. My other work can be viewed here:

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Artist of the month: Brendan Dawes (UK)

Brendan Dawes is a designer and artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials.

For the launch of 4G services in eleven UK cities, EE commissioned Brendan to create a digital portrait for each city, formed from millions of bits of data as people talked and interacted about the biggest events of the day.

Based on the same mathematics that create the head of a Sunflower, time explodes outwards from the centre with each point representing one minute giving a possible 4320 points – the number of minutes in three days – to cover the day before, during and after the launch of 4G.

The three days worth of data was searched for various keywords that were hot talking points at the time, including Skyfall, Hurricane Sandy, money, together with localised subjects for each city.

Even though each piece uses the same system to generate the images, each one is unique, both from a density of data point of view but also from what was being talked about.

In the London image you can clearly see when Hurricane Sandy hit in New york, and even when Obama visited the city to inspect the damage. It’s also evident that only a day later hardly anybody was talking about the hurricane, showing the transient nature of social media, even for large global events.

Each piece is a 40″ x 77″ Lambda print, Diasec mounted on Aluminium.

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Artist of the month: Lois Lammerhuber (Austria)

Lois Lammerhuber has been voted world-best photographer three times and won awards for almost all of his books. His perception of photography has strongly been marked by the close cooperation with GEO magazine. He is a member of the “New York Art Directors Club”.

“From Austria to the world” is the campaign motto of Austrian Airlines, the sponsor of a 15x9m indoor installation that consists of 165 screens. The photos, taken on the 61st floor of the Rockefeller Center in New York City present a fascinating view of the Manhattan skyline and 20 km beyond. The two largest photos consist of 240 separate photos. 3 smaller photos were created from 66 separate photos. They were shot by the award-winning Austrian photographer Lois Lammerhuber with a 250 megapixel Canon EOS (not 10 megapixel as used by most photographers). The software was developed by Ars Electronica. Art+Technology+Branding = this interdisciplinary project represents a truly unusual, innovative and attractive piece of communication.

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