Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. However he wrote 900+ well documented letters, most of them to his brother Theo, that has provided readers a window to the world through the eyes of the artist. His letters are the vessel of this narrative driven experience.
ORIGINAL REFERENCE LETTERS
This experience begins by painting the world around the participant, dropping them in it, and then giving them agency to drive their own experience. Vincent's response is generated based on each unique participants letter. For example, if he was asked for inspiration in a letter, he may include "I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
The unique sketches were the result of a flexible design system, an artist hand drawing tons of environments and elements in the style of Vincents, and natural language processing. Each scene was created by layering tons of interchangeable items overlaying background plates. These are a few sample sketches that were generated.