Edvard Munch’s Scream Painting Gets a VR Treatment
The Scream VR app is a free download that is available on both Viveport and Steam. Within 15 minutes, the app takes you on an immersive art lesson which is a VR adaptation of Edvard Munch’s famous painting by the same name. Scream VR has been directed by Charles Ayats and Sandra Paugam for Arte France and Cineteve.
It is a tightly packed and memorable VR rendering of the famous detailed artwork. The adaptation came out this week as one of the new VR releases and can be experienced with the Valve Index virtual reality headset. If you ordered the Index headset, then you should certainly give this a try when it arrives.
The virtual reality rendering allows you to view the famous painting in exquisite detail. The color detail in the painting, the reds and oranges, will begin spreading out into the virtual world around you.
The plot unravels layer by layer from a massive volcano painting in the sky with blood to the grotesque-looking spirits that will be circling around inside a darkened chamber in VR. This will be accompanied by a narration and other kinds of simple interactions. You will even see some of the other Munch’s paintings which will provide users with not just the personal but also the temporal and global context of his work. The Scream VR representation is presented in three chapters all of which have been recreated as a “unique representation of the Expressionist masterpiece” as was painted by the artist.
The video below provides a brief glimpse of what to expect in the experience and includes a run through of the credits. Scream VR will be quite frightening to most people unless you are used to these kinds of scary experiences.