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In the Style of…

When you start to explore the work of an artist, you begin to understand the touches that make them instantly recognisable. For example, it is relatively easy to tell a Rembrandt from a Van Gogh. Explore further and you realise that style changes over time. Artists who settle into a particular way of doing things for many years often reach a point where they consciously try different approaches. Even then it is often possible to discern developing themes. The same certainly applies to music and, thinking further, probably applies across a whole range of human endeavours; if you don’t enforce consistent ‘branding’, individual signatures express themselves.

However, you can extract elements of style from an artist or a particular work and then use these to create something new. The video above is a fascinating extrapolation of that concept, taking a source painting and then algorithmically applying it to a piece of video.

Points to ponder: will there be a time in the near future where we pick a film we want to watch and can then remix the visuals and sounds with reference to other works of art? And, would that make us more or less creative?

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