Vincent Van Gogh/ Petros Vrellis

14 02 2012

“A try to visualize the flow of the famous painting “Starry Night” of Vincent Van Gogh.
The user can interact with the animation. Also, the sound responds to the flow.
Made with openframeworks.”

It seems like a nice idea. Its an entertaining one. I saw a similar thing the other day at a movie theatre. Kids were jumping on spots of light that would explode, move around etc. Maybe I’m just being a poop. Certainly most people’s reaction to this idea has been positive. But would you use the same idea on The Sisteen Chapel? Or a de Kooning. I could go down the line. Animating great paintings is kitsch. And there is another reason I’m not crazy about it. Because I’ve seen what Van Gogh has seen. I was on Acid. Van Gogh was either feeling the affects of the inferior paints he was using or was suffering the results of being in the sun too long. The animation is 2 dimensional. Van Gogh’s work is more than 3 dimensional. And it may also involve several other senses. His visual depictions may represent smell. Or hearing. If the artist didn’t do it, leave it alone.


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