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Interactive Animation of “Starry Night” by Van Gogh

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We have all come to know the Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh as possibly his most popular painting. At least I remember seeing it in nearly every classroom in high school. Painted in 1889, it has been a permanent member of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941.

But now through the power of interactive media and a program called openframeworks.cc, a new and wonderful rhythmic version has been made available to view.  Video artist, Petros Vrellis recently created an animation rendition of Starry Night where the viewer is allowed to interact with the animation re-directing the nights sky and stars in any direction the user wishes. And on top of the visual aspect, Vrellis also added a music score that responds to the flow of the painting. How cool!

Animated art seems like a new medium with endless possibilities, I can definitely see more landscape type paintings getting converted into animated versions. And I think it’s something the artists themselves can appreciate.

If you would like get get your mitts on this fun new application for your iPad2, then head over to the itunes app store.

If you just want to sit back and enjoy a whimsical live version of the Starry Night, then watch the video below!

Meme E

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