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Future Christmas

Whether Christmas hurry or Advent lockdown, we have a suitable program for a contemplative pre-Christmas time: The Virtual Crib from St. Mary's Cathedral in Linz.

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The famous Nativity scene by Munich master Sebastian Osterrieder from St. Mary’s Cathedral is a special highlight of Advent in Linz. Restaged as an interactive and audiovisual 3D experience, the Crib intends to conjure up pre-Christmas contemplation in the hearts of visitors. Fully restored and digitized for the first time, it will appear in all its glory this year; not only in the crypt of Linz Cathedral but also in Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center. With the finalization of the digital restaging of the Virtual Crib, the Ars Electronica Futurelab and St. Mary’s Cathedral meet the demands of the time. The more than one-hundred-year-old Nativity scene will thus inspire visitors from all over the world with unprecedented 360° insights into its cultural and historical heritage.

Visit the Virtual Nativity on site in theLinz St. Mary’s Cathedral crypt. Or immerse yourself in the Christmas story in the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K, as soon as Covid regulations permit again. Just in case, however, we’ll be conjuring up the Virtual Crib again in the coming weeks via Ars Electronica Home Delivery to your smartphones and tablets.

On Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., our virtual Advent program will launch on Ars Electronica Home Delivery

Deep Space LIVE: The Virtual Crib in all its glory

Get a glimpse behind the scenes: The premiere of the new audiovisual production in Deep Space 8K will take place together with project manager Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth-Fohringer (Ars Electronica Futurelab), the cathedral’s pastor Maximilian Strasser and Petra Weiss (Bundesdenkmalamt/Department for Upper Austria).

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