As technologies rapidly advance, more and more digital dreamers are finding ways to breathe new life into their favorite works of art — like this Italian experimental animator who made impossibly intricate gifs of his favorite Renaissance pieces. Today, visual artist and former NASA intern Ziye Liu’s new video remixed the iconic installations of two of contemporary art’s living masters: Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei.
Liu’s Themes and Variations animates Kusama’s Polka Dots and Narcissus Garden as well as Weiwei’s Grapes and Untitled, using both artists’ original static works as launchpads for “infinite possibilities,” as Liu’s description reads. Playing with 3D digital art forms and CGI, Liu’s aim was to “to create new ‘versions’ of existing artworks.”
It’s been a pretty good year for both Kusama and Weiwei so far. In April, Kusama was named the world’s most popular artist, which anyone waiting hours in line for her interactive sticker show — which opened at David Zwirner New York a month later — could confirm is true. After four years, Weiwei’s notorious travel ban was lifted and he was granted a British visa to visit his Royal Academy of Art show next month.