Van Gogh Starry Night made Interactive!

Made interactive by Petros Vrellis.  As written on Creative Applications:

“Petros Vrellis has created an interactive visualisation and synthesizer that animates Vincent Van Goghs “Starry Night”, using openframeworks to create a simple and elegant interaction. A fluid simulation gently creates a flowing fabric from Van Goghs impressionist portrait of the Milky Way and night sky over Saint-Rémy in France using the thick paint daubs as the particles within the fluid.

A touch interface allows a viewer to deform the image, altering both the flow of the particles and the synthesized sound, and then watch it slowly return to its original state. The sound itself is created using a MIDI interface to create a soft ambient tone out of the movement of the fluid that underscores the soft movement. Beauty through simplicity at its finest and most playful.”

Source: Creative Applications

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3 thoughts on “Van Gogh Starry Night made Interactive!

  1. I do like the the animation of Van Gogh’s masterpiece, “Starry Night”, but I am not sure that Van Gogh himself would appreciate the liberties taken by Petros Vrellis. Of course Van Gogh is no longer with us and therefore who is to say whether the creator and artist of the painting would appreciate the manipulation of his work?There is a valid point in mentioning that those who catalog the analog world via the internet, that its really a form of aggregation and may not be considered complementary by the artist. I have actually scene this painting up close, there are no words to describe the beauty of this painting. Sometimes the interactive world should create there own paintings and use those particular paintings to manipulate or mash.

    • Thanks for sharing that! I definitely find his choice of paintings interesting, for impressionism has so much movement in it already that it really doesn’t need anything more.

      While I think you make a great point about not needing to manipulate a great artist’s work, I do think his decisions yield an interesting result. In the era of iPads and touch screens, most [uncultured] people cannot appreciate the innate motion of impressionism–so by making it actually move, people today can experience the same reaction of people way back when.

      The same kind of thing applies to one of my earlier posts, “Famous Nudes Get Photoshopped Skinnier.” Because of the change in culture, many viewers today do not find a voluptuously curvy Venus attractive. By changing their body types to suit a modern era, people are once again able to appreciate and relate to the paintings. They can view them the same way as people once did.

      So, I think the same applies here. It may seem kitschy to some and that’s valid, but I do think it’s important to appreciate the questions it raises about who is your audience and what is your goal!

      Thanks for commenting!

      • i just attended the SXSW 2012 interactive, film and music conference and happen to see the panel with Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, who discussed with author Brian Solis ,”The End, of Business as Usual” how the internet has changed the music industry for the worst. its true, people feel they should not pay for music and they do not buy albums anymore. For me it was a very informative panel in the sense that often when technologically driven people and technology developers, sometimes forget or perhaps take for granted that most of the content that is being catalogued or uploaded onto the internet was created by hand, often centuries ago or as recent as 10 years ago. there is no doubt that the internet brings an instant visual experience to the viewer but it has done so while destroying other art forms, such as music, film and art work with a common mantra that ‘this should be for free’. let’s face it, the internet has not done much for museum attendance and only established recording artists are selling out concert tours. All of this makes for an interesting topic which could be endlessly explored. My blog displays my father’s art work, as a modern post impressionist painter and therefore, i have a personal bias to unauthorized image manipulation in the media. However i do enjoy the imagination of the movement created in your post of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” video.
        thank you so much for your reply!!
        peace!!!

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