Artists have revisited, reinterpreted, and in more recent terminology, “remixed” earlier artist’s work for as long as there has been art. Happily, this trend is alive and well, and new immersive 360°/3D/VR technologies are being used to revisit and add new dimensions, literally, to classic art masterpieces.
The latest example to cross my screen is this YouTube 360° video from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium explicating Bruegel’s A fall with the Rebel Angels.
Great stuff, and it is in good company. There is a growing list of examples of famous works being reinterpreted in creative new ways. For example, last year the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg (FL) held an exhibit entitled Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination. This story covers the basics about the opening.
Explore a Salvador Dalí masterpiece in virtual reality (Lulu Chang, Digital Trends)
That exhibit featured an experience entitled Dreams of Dalí: A Virtual Reality Experience that allowed visitors to use a VR headset to step into Dalí’s painting entitled Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.”
This CNET story gives an overview of the Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination exhibit.
This video is a preview of just the Dreams of Dalí VR experience.
Finally, most importantly, here is the 360° video of Dreams of Dalí.
An older, sometimes forgotten example of a predecessor to the Dalí exhibit’s approach to reinterpreting a masterpiece might be familiar to the somewhat selected population who have been around virtual worlds for over a decade. Way back in 2008 an artist that goes by the name of Robbie Dingo published the memorizing example of machinima he called Watch the Worlds. He used SecondLife to “build” the painting, filmed it, then post-produced it with other tools to create a beautiful tribute to van Gogh’s work. It is best understood by watching it.
Another artist recently created and posted something along the same lines using the YouTube 360° format (without alluding to Dingo’s earlier work).
Finally, there is even a new dedicated YouTube channel to highlight such works. Virtual Art Gallery (YouTube 360)
While it is probably going too far to say that “remixing art” is a “killer app” for new immersive 360°/3D/VR technologies, it is at least an interesting trend to celebrate and encourage.
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