Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night Interactive by Petros Vrellis

Petros Vrellis has created an interactive visualisation and synthesizer that animates Vincent Van Gogh’s “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.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that the video brought tears to my eyes.

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