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February 11, 2012 6:37 AM   Subscribe

Van Gogh's famous painting The Starry Night, rendered as a moving image.
posted by flyingsquirrel (25 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
This pretty much what an acid trip looks like if you stare at an image long enough (usually 2 to 3 seconds).
posted by Grumpy old geek at 6:41 AM on February 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


He really needs to do this with Edvard Munch's The Scream.
posted by Fizz at 6:45 AM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


beautiful. thanks for posting this!
posted by jammy at 6:48 AM on February 11, 2012


I've always believed that the only thing that should be "rendered" is lard, and have tended to leave classic works of art out of the oven.
posted by HuronBob at 6:51 AM on February 11, 2012


I don't understand all the talk of the video being 'interactive' in the description and vimeo comments. Does vimeo have some extra functionality that I am not figuring out how to access?
posted by damehex at 6:54 AM on February 11, 2012


I don't understand all the talk of the video being 'interactive' in the description and vimeo comments. Does vimeo have some extra functionality that I am not figuring out how to access?

It's not the vimeo video but the actual physical artifact which is interactive.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:11 AM on February 11, 2012


I like it.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:21 AM on February 11, 2012


This pretty much what an acid trip looks like if you stare at an image long enough (usually 2 to 3 seconds).

See also: Psilocybin
posted by Big_B at 7:30 AM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


See also: Drempels screensaver. Last time I used this was on WinXP, so I have no idea if it still works, but it was awesome at the time.
posted by odinsdream at 7:34 AM on February 11, 2012


Yes, this is EXACTLY what my psychedelic experiences have been like. Minus the touch screen, of course. Amazing to see it with my "normal" eyes.
posted by hermitosis at 7:45 AM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Buuut I thought it already was a "moving" image...



(showing myself out)

(then peeking back in)
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 7:57 AM on February 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


I saw one once that was based on the film Taxi Driver. You could put your finger on Travis Bickle and move him around the screen. If you rubbed him next to Harvey Keitel a hard rain fell and washed all the scum off the streets. If you rubbed him next to a taxi it made a 'cha ching!' sound. If you rubbed him next to Cybill Shepherd once, he grew a mohawk and she said 'ew'. Twice, and everyone in the scene grew a white afro. Three times and Christopher Walken popped up and said 'no means no'.
posted by jimmythefish at 8:04 AM on February 11, 2012


Totally should have used this as the background music.
posted by GavinR at 8:22 AM on February 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


There was a lovely moment in the Doctor Who episode Vincent And the Doctor that did this (been trying to find that clip), where Vincent Van Gogh is talking about how he sees the night sky ("Look at the sky. It's not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact deep blue. And over there: lighter blue and blowing through the blues and blackness the winds swirling through the air....") and as he talks, the static shot of the stars gradually shifts and swirls and transforms into the sky from Starry Night.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:30 AM on February 11, 2012


All art is technology and it improves every year.
posted by George Lucas at 8:34 AM on February 11, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm not wild about this. Cool toy I guess, but the painting itself already does a great job of expressing motion this seems superfluous
posted by Hoopo at 9:57 AM on February 11, 2012


It's really weird, but I rarely ever saw images or TV of recording artists, back in the day. Don Mclean here, in Gavin's link, singing "Vincent", is annoyingly attractive. Yesterday I made the same discovery about (vintage) Greg Lake.
posted by Goofyy at 10:02 AM on February 11, 2012


All art is technology and it improves every year.

All technology is art and it improves every year.
posted by LoudMusic at 10:05 AM on February 11, 2012


COOL
posted by timshel at 10:10 AM on February 11, 2012


I like it. Art is fluid, sometimes literally so.
posted by spiderskull at 10:18 AM on February 11, 2012


Totally should have used this as the background music .
posted by GavinR at 4:22 PM on February 11 [3 favorites +]


This is a level of incorrectness that even I, with my massive, swelling vocabulary, do not have words to adequately express.
posted by Decani at 11:03 AM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Have to admit I was ready for this to be way too twee for me, but it was actually lovely. As I said to my partner while watching this, I almost wish I did drugs if this is the outcome.
posted by Megami at 11:35 AM on February 11, 2012


It's like that drug trip in that movie I saw when I was on that drug trip.
posted by killdevil at 5:52 PM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I almost wish I did drugs if this is the outcome.

Acid takes it to a whole new level, though. You can actually enter the painting in 3 dimensions. Like, you know the opening credits from "Carnivale"? ...kinda like that.

The downside: no "off" switch. Also, you tend to worry about a lot of strange things, and become intensely interested in the mundane. (this can be an upside as well, of course)
posted by ShutterBun at 11:49 PM on February 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


Last month we had Guernica in 3D. Now Starry Night animated. While we are at it, Mona Lisa animated. Las Meninas 3D. All of these are really corruptions of the painter's intent. They don't add understanding, depth or interpretive value. Study the painting the way the painter painted it.
posted by beagle at 12:26 PM on February 12, 2012


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