Immersify: The Translucent St. Stephen’s Cathedral

ScanLAB Projects (UK), RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems (AT), Dombauhütte St. Stephan zu Wien (AT), Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thu Sep 10, 2020, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Fri Sep 11, 2020, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sun Sep 13, 2020, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space 8K <br>On Sat Sep 12, 2020, 4:15 pm (UTC+2), Live on Ars Electronica Selection Channel
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The cathedral church of St. Stephen in Vienna was spatially measured with more than 20 billion laser points. At this unique level of detail, they correspond to a data volume of almost 400 gigabytes and form the basis of the translucent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This innovative approach offers spectators an interactive journey through the translucent sacred building in stereoscopic 8K.

The novel insights through the layers of the cathedral church were created as part of the European R&D project Immersify, which is dedicated to developing the next generation of immersive media. Over three years, the project partners have created content for highly immersive environments using various techniques and developing tools for processing the produced data.

The demonstration on Sat Sep 12, will be held in English and accompanied by members of the project team who will talk about the development of the project: Roland Haring (Ars Electronica Futurelab), Nikolaus Studnicka (RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems), Nicky Ovidiu Baiculescu (ScanLAB Projects), Franz Zehetner and Wolfgang Zehetner (Dombauhütte St. Stephan). This demonstration will be streamed live on the Ars Electronica Selection Channel from 4:15 – 4:40 pm.

Project Credits

  • Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT), ScanLAB Projects (UK)
  • Scans: RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems, Dombauhütte St. Stephan zu Wien


The Immersify project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 762079.