Interactive Van Gogh a Digital Masterpiece

Greek artist updates the master's "Starry Night."

By Adario Strange
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:57 AM PDT
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Interactive Van Gogh a Digital Masterpiece

Van Gogh's masterpiece "Starry Night" gets an interactive update.

In a 2010 episode of "Doctor Who," we were introduced to Vincent Van Gogh-vision, where we got to see the world through his beautifully troubled eyes (see 2:50 min. mark). Now an interactive designer has managed to replicate the effect, according to dvice.com.

Greek artist Petros Vrellis used openFrameworks code to create an interactive version of Van Gogh's Starry Night painting that allows you to engage the painter's bold strokes via touchscreen, and even take the painting in new directions of your own.

The interactive painting features 80,000 particles drawn as small opengl mini-maps and the multi-touch tracking was executed via ofxOpenCV and ofxKinect. You can see the painting being manipulated in the video below.

Starry Night (interactive animation) from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo.

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