Deep Space LIVE: The Curse of the Pharaoh
Thursday, May 8, 2014 / 8-9 PM / Ars Electronica Center
(Linz, May 5, 2014) The myth of the pharaoh’s curse will be scrutinized at the next Deep Space LIVE event on Thursday, May 8 at 8 PM. Dr. Wolfgang Wettengel, Egyptologist, author of the book “Der Fluch des Tutanchamun” (the curse of King Tut) and scholarly director of the exhibition “Tutanchamun – Sein Grab und die Schätze” (his grave and the treasures) appearing in the Tabakfabrik, will give an account of what is said to be a mysterious curse that strikes down anyone who disturbs a pharaoh resting in his grave. A series of purportedly unexplained deaths that occurred during the years after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb were subsequently attributed to this strange curse.
Dr. Wolfgang Wettengel studied Egyptology, ethnology and medieval history at LMU in Munich and got his doctorate in Heidelberg. During his many years as an instructor in cultural studies at the Landshut University of Applied Sciences, he produced exhibitions on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and on the grave of Sennedjem, a court artisan during the reign of Ramses II, and also created a scale model of King Tut’s tomb. Among his many publications are works on the Papyrus d’Orbiney and the royal ideology of Ramessiden (Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen 2003), Grimm’s fairy tales (Reimlingen 2007) and the myth of King Tut (as editor). Dr. Wettengel is scholarly director of the exhibition “Tutanchamun – Sein Grab und die Schätze” appearing in the Tabakfabrik Linz.
Deep Space LIVE
The Ars Electronica Center is now hosting a Deep Space LIVE event every Thursday (except holidays) at 8 PM. Each presentation will feature ultra-high-definition imagery in 16×9-meter format and will be accompanied by expert commentary, entertaining stand-up repartee, and musical improvisation. Whether great works from the history of art, space travel, journeys of discovery in the Nanoworld, or a live concert is what you’ve come to behold, Deep Space LIVE stands for enlightening entertainment amidst breathtaking worlds of imagery. Admission is €2. Holders of a valid Museum ticket are admitted free of charge.