Interactive, Musical Starry Night on a Touchscreen is a Swirling Joy
There’s no denying that Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a beautiful painting, but I am starting to wonder about the mesmeric power it seems to have over people. One seen, viewers are moved to carve it on to pumpkins, make it into a cake, or transform it into a gorgeous interactive experience. This last point was the work of Petros Vrellis who used OpenFrameworks to turn the painting into a swirling tide of some 80,000 digital particles that flow across a touch screen. Users can change the flow of the painting with their fingers, triggering aetheric tones, and watch as the particles slowly return to their original form. It’s a stunning achievement, and best viewed in motion.