The Ars Electronica Festival 2020 In Kepler’s Gardens – A global journey mapping the ‘new’ world took place at more than 160 locations worldwide from September 9-13, 2020. While a local program was offered in Linz at several festival locations, most of the festival program was streamed online via four streaming channels, allowing visitors from all over the world to take part virtually in discussions, performances, exhibitions and workshops.
For one last time, the Immersify partners teamed up to showcase some of the contents produced within the Immersify project during the Ars Electronica Festival 2020. Three demonstrations were presented live at Ars Electronica’s Deep Space 8K as well as via the online streaming channels:
The Meeting Point – 8K streaming from immersive multimedia labs at PSNC
PSNC went on a journey to find the meeting point. In an 8K video with multichannel sound they visualized some of the Immersify contents produced by complementing them with footage from the actual locations in Poznan City they were shot at. The video was streamed live to Ars Electronica’s Deep Space 8K and realized with the use of several modern techniques using prototype hardware and software.
Lost in Resolution – 16K Video and 3D Audio Playback for Large-Screen Immersive Spaces
Spin Digital’s CEO Mauricio Alvarez then gave an introduction of the Immersify project and the work performed on tools, content, and spaces for immersive media, including a presentation highlighting the requirements and potential of a new generation of immersive and interactive media applications. The showcase, which included three content pieces that feature 360° video with 3D audio based on ambisonics and user interaction, was streamed live to Ars Electronica’s Deep Space 8K, with a live audience watching the presentation.
The Translucent St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The third and final presentation was an interactive virtual 3D-journey through The Translucent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. During the festival, Deep Space 8K visitors had the chance to visit the virtual Cathedral daily. One very special session was accompanied by the project members Roland Haring (Ars Electronica Futurelab), Nikolaus Studnicka (RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems), Nicky Ovidiu Baiculescu (ScanLAB Projects), Franz Zehetner and Wolfgang Zehetner (Dombauhütte St. Stephan), answering the live audience’s questions regarding the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.