New media artists tend to revisit and reinterpret earlier artist’s work, sometimes intentionally and with attribution, and other times not. Either way, it’s fun to compare (re)implementations. For example, here’s a cool YouTube 360° video experimenting with the idea of allowing the viewer to “walk-in” van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Starry Night 360° Video (Press and hold to explore!)

The video is neat on its own, but it is better understood by contrasting it with a relatively well known work made almost ten years ago by Robbie Dingo. He used SecondLife to “build” the painting, then filmed it.

Watch the World(s) Second Life (Robbie Dingo, 2007)

Watch the World(s) (Robbie Dingo, 2007)

Both videos are fascinating in their own way, and the fact that the new artist also chose van Gogh’s Starry Night, either with or without awareness of Dingo’s earlier SecondLife work, creates a nice contrast.

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