Google’s new app Tilt Brush flips artists’ worlds inside out, allowing them to take a 360° approach to their art by turning the very field around them into a workable canvas. Utilizing the real physical plane through an empty virtual world, the collaboration of art and high technology inspires with strokes of light that not only come to life but actually shape the space in which the artist exists. To help you visualize the potential of this experience (since most of us don’t have an HTC Vive lying around), Chrome introduced the immersive Virtual Art Sessions.
Six artists representing varying mediums and forms were filmed in a space with two camera rigs and an infrared depth sensor that shot the sessions in 3 dimensions, allowing the viewer the same enveloping captivation from the browser.
If you’re like me and don’t know what any of that means, just click around on the website, and you’ll be amazed as you can look up, down and around as they work and create. If you do know what it means, Visual Art Sessions is open source and you have the option to get the code.
Combining VR and art have already brought us some incredible new worlds (like this VR tribute to Van Gogh). This also allows an audience to get inside the singular perspective of an artist whilst he or she is creating a piece, giving the artistically disinclined a chance to understand the mental and physical process. Watching the magic of its creation unfold gives you an incredible appreciation–even for the artists themselves. As one of them puts it, “It’s like legal acid.” Check out what it feels like to walk up to Disney artist Glen Keane’s Little Mermaid:
Jeff Nusz of the Data Arts Team at Google adds,
“It’s really nice to be able to take high technology that seems very… otherworldly and marry it with something grounded like traditional art.”
Stay tuned for next week when we’ll be Snapchatting 360° doodles over our 360° photos as we romp around in each other’s smartphone universes.
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