Young designers and artists have been tasked with re-imagining what iconic masterpieces, such as Picasso’s Guernica and the Venus de Milo, would look like if combined with the latest technology for Intel’s exhibition Remastered.
The exhibition, which opens today, features work from twelve designers, some of which resembles the original art work, others, like Rafael Pavon’s Mind the Fog animation, that instead engage with the emotional ideas or themes in the piece.
In his film, Pavon played with the feelings experienced by the wanderer in Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, transposing them onto a modern day London. Pavon’s film, Mind the Fog, combines a heady mix of layers of photography and 3D affects to achieve a landscape filled with whirling clouds and moving red buses.
Pavon says, ‘There are few places more confusing than London. A place where everything is in a constant and unstoppable cultural change and there is nothing we can do about it, apart from feel overwhelmed and, if we are really lucky, be part of it. This is a portrayal of that overwhelming and magnificent confusion that one might experience when observing the city from a distance.’
Design collective Midnight Toastie created an interactive version of Van Gogh’s iconic painting The Starry Night. Inspired by Van Gogh’s whirling brush strokes, Midnight Toastie formed constellations of electronic lights that echo the movements in the original painting. These speed up, move and change dependent on the movements and actions of the viewer. You can watch a video about the making process below.
Camberwell College of Arts Graphic Design graduate Daniel Swan created a digital installation inspired by the painting techniques in Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. The melting aesthetic in Dali’s paintings is echoed by the movement of Swan’s shapes. He says, ‘I wanted the brushstrokes and poured colours to look synthetic, sterile and very obviously digitally produced, a Dali-esque dream as played out in the brain of a computer.’
Other works include three ‘last suppers’ created by Bompas & Parr – including a watery jelly scene inspired by the Titanic; a website by Jotta which deconstructs the elements of any given webpage inspired by the cubist theory behind Picasso’s Guernica; and this stunning animation by Eric Schockmel inspired by Turner.
The exhibition runs until the 13 March at 1 Marylebone Road London NW1.