THU 2.12.2021 / 7:00 p.m.
(Linz, 30.11.2021) Twelve meters long, four meters deep and five meters high, the artistically crafted Nativity scene in the crypt of the Mariendom in Linz is one of the largest and most significant Nativity scenes in the world. In the course of its restoration, all of the figures, the entire crib architecture and the surrounding landscape were digitized in all their details by means of photogrammetry by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and thus preserved for posterity. As part of Ars Electronica Home Delivery, viewers of Deep Space LIVE will experience fascinating glimpses of the virtual nativity scene on December 2, 2021, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The evening will be moderated by Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth Fohringer, artist and researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Maximilian Strasser, Cathedral Pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral, and Petra Weiss, Federal Monuments Authority/Department for Upper Austria. Deep Space LIVE is supported by LINZ AG.
Conservation through digitization
All of the Nativity figures and architectural elements were scanned and digitized by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and project partner Digitlithic using photogrammetry, a non-contact method. This image-measuring method is used to determine the position and shape of objects on the basis of countless photographs taken from different perspectives. The captured images were finally transferred into 3D models, which are staged in virtual space and preserved for posterity.
Deep Space LIVE
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. (excluding holidays), the Ars Electronica Center invites you to Deep Space LIVE. High-resolution images in 16-by-9-meter format meet expert commentary, entertaining double conférences or musical improvisation. Whether it’s an art-historical investigation, a space flight, a voyage of discovery into the nanoworld or a LIVE concert, Deep Space LIVE stands for enlightening entertainment in the midst of impressive visual worlds.
Ars Electronica Home Delivery
“Ars Electronica Home Delivery” is a weekly program that includes Guided Tours of Ars Electronica exhibitions, excursions to Ars Electronica Labs, visits to the Machine Learning Studio, concerts with real-time visualizations, Deep Space LIVE sessions, workshops with engineers and talks with artists and scientists from around the world, as well as programs for schools, universities and companies. “Ars Electronica Home Delivery” aims to make the artistic-scientific examination of the future accessible to as broad an audience as possible.