Modern still life art now interactive, and not so still after all

Still life art has been popular for centuries. Groupings of every day objects, sometimes so realistically rendered they seem to jump off the canvas. This art form has now been reinvented for a modern generation by injecting a dose of DIY geekery to create a 4D still life users can actually interact with.

Apparently, artist Scott Garner had been thinking for years about a still life painting that "wasn't so still" before technology caught up with his thinking.

His work, "Still Life" is a masterpiece of ingenuity — combining modern computer hardware and software programming.

So how did Garner do it?

For hardware, he used a motion-sensitive frame on a rotating mount from to house a tricked out television. Attached to the back of the TV is a spatial sensor from.

According to Garner's website, he joined up all this hardware with a simple C application to communicate with the sensor and feed the data to a Unity 3D scene. Unity 3D is an authoring tool used to create 3D environments, architectural renderings and now, art.

As for the scene, the site notes it consists of a camera tied to the sensor data with all lights and objects parented so they rotate in unison.

This new still life challenges the way we look at — and now play with — a traditional art form. With computers added into the mix, it's likely a new generation of artists will be inspired to push the envelope of what they can create.

Scott Garner, via LaughingSquid

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