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Augmented Reality App Brings Objects And Classic Paintings To Life

ARART from Kei Shiratori, Takeshi Mukai, and Younghyo Bak augments artworks into animated fun.
October 9, 2012, 1:37pm

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Creative Applications posted yesterday about a very intriguing augmented reality app called ARART, from Kei Shiratori, Takeshi Mukai, and Younghyo Bak. The app lets you hold up your device to different objects, including classic paintings like Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, and experience the piece in a new, animated way “as if time trapped inside the painting had been stirred alive.”

Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers shake off their petals so they flutter downwards, while the Mona Lisa gives you a wink before crumbling into something far less appealing. There’s also collaborative projects with artists like Masayuki Akamatsu, whose Uroboros Torch will play music and video, while another artist’s work gets augmented with flowers blooming into life.

Appropriately for the app’s through-the-looking-glass magic, John Tenniel’s illustrations from Alice in Wonderland get animated too. But it’s not just artworks that can be stirred to life, you can hold your device up to any object, like a turntable, and if it’s registered, the app will detect and animate it.

[via Creative Applications]