Fun fact: Stella Artois has the oldest logo in the world. Its horns reference the Den Hoorn brewery which opened in Leuven, Belgium, in 1366.
Sebastian Artois bought and renamed the business in 1708, and « Stella »—Latin for star—was added to the name in 1926, when it released its first seasonal beer, the Christmas Star. That’s a lot of history. « This means there is a probability that the beer portrayed in historical art pieces throughout Europe could be a Stella Artois, » enthuses Haroldo Moreira, Copywriter at Buenos Aires-based agency GUT. The agency decided to have some fun with it that titillating « possibility ».
« We developed an algorithm that analyzed each painting, and, based on variables such as the year when it was painted, geographical location, the type of glass, and the color of the liquid, we cross-referenced that data with the brand’s extensive historical records, resulting in a percentage that indicates with a probability the presence of a Stella Artois in those paintings, » Moreira writes.
The resulting campaign, created in partnership with the Bellas Artes Museum, and dubbed « The Artois Probability, » yielded a series of print ads and outdoor billboards for the time-honored beer. The creative? Historic art. The copy: Pure data-driven speculation, like a frothy beer mustache. It’s easygoing ans inspires the imagination, it deepens the brand story. And it’s probably one of the funnest uses of algo-magic we’ve seen in advertising since everybody started freaking out about A.I. We’ll never look at a finely painted pub scene the same way again.
« All masterpieces, whether of high or low probability, are now part of our campaign, hoping that you will think of Stella Artois every time you see a beer in a painting, » Moreira concludes.
Client: Stella Artois (AB InBev). Advertising Agency: GUT, Buenos Aires. Country: Argentina. Production: Ketama, Buenos Aires ; Bamba Music, Buenos Aires ; Genosha, Buenos Aires.
Stella Artois (AB InBev)
Client Representative: Eugenio Raffo. Client Representative: Soledad Azarloza. Client Representative: Lucila Djeredjian. Client Representative: Martina Goldbaum. Client Representative: Juana Zamarreño.
Founder & Chairman: Gastón Bigio. Founder & Chairman: Anselmo Ramos. CCO & Partner: Joaquín Cubría. ECD & Partner: Ramiro Rodriguez Gamallo. ECD & Partner: Matías Lafalla. Executive Creative Director: Juan Pablo Lufrano. Managing Director: Paula Medina Rivero. Chief Strategy Officer: Javier Quintero. Creative Director: Alex Romero. Creative Director: Gastón Gual. Creative Director: Thomas Chatenay. Art Director: Julian Amarillo. Copywriter: Haroldo Moreira. Account Director: Judit Ducruet Paz. Account Director: Clara Colace. Account Director: Belen Melcon. Account Supervisor: Alan Trajtenberg. Head of Design: Rosario Muñoz López. Designer: Carolina Vázquez García. Head of Production: Florencia Albizzati. Producer: Julia Lagos. Strategy Director: Martín Rubins. Head of Digital & Social: Gori Nastasi. Social Strategy Lead: Ignacio Rocca. Creative Manager: Paula Akel.
Director: Juan Szelagowski. Director: Nahuel Varela. Producer: Matias Berruezo. Executive Producer: Daniel « Caffa » Caffarena. DOP Lighting Cameraman: Nahuel Varela. Color Gradient: Pablo Franco.
Creative Tech: Matías Rabaglia. Project Manager: Paula Martinez. Design Director: Marcelo Martinez. UX Design: Lautaro Sanchez. Visual Design: Belén Rosatti. Developer: Alejandro Cayssials. Developer: Juan Cruz Rabaglia. Developer: Jeremías Figueroa. QA: Lautaro Genari. QA: Violeta Muñiz.