| In Ninth Heaven||3D gamemod and interactive installation|
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler
In Ninth Heaven or The Far End of Europe is created on the story of the astonishing life of a Jesuit monk from Krems/Stein, Andreas Koffler, who went to China as a missionary and became court member of the last Ming emperor.
Fluctuating between the early Baroque and late Ming/early Qing eras, the artwork explores a rather brief but at the same time multi-faceted period of enlightened dialogue between Europe and China characterised by respectful exchange. This historic episode took place at a time troubled by the Thirty Years' War, the Inquisition and the Counter-Reformation on the one side, and insurgences that led to the demise of the Ming and brought the Qing dynasty to power on the other.
In Ninth Heaven turns fascinating historic records and illustrations into a virtual journey. Moreover, the art work incorporates its 3D real-time display system into a specially designed architecture that appears to be in motion. Embraced by the 'media body' as if it were a third skin, the visitors create their own journey and thius their own space of imagination.