EUROPA, 2021

AR installation „EUROPA“ commissioned by Oude Kerk for the Museumnacht. The church is the oldest building of Amsterdam. It is build on a cemetery The tombstones create the floor on which you walk. People are given iPads at the entrance to scan the painting which triggers the virtual reality 3D painted figure EUROPA. It passes through the canvas to the tunes of Beethoven's 9th and wanders through the building while thousands of stock fotos of all the different cultures living in Europe are flashing on the tombstones.


Following Nam June Paik's work TV Buddha, multidisciplinary artist Dennis Rudolph (Berlin, 1979) creates a digital work of art for your living room. It turns your own computer screen into a digital altarpiece. Scan the marker on the Oude Kerk website (look for 'home apocalypse') and seven messengers of the AI, all painted by Rudolph in a VR 3D painting program, will choreograph around your monitor to the music of Baroque composer Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, eventually shattering on your smartphone to make room for the gigantic figure of 'Europa' entering your home through the monitor.

Record and share your experience with the camera button in the app and post it on Instagram using #homeapocalypse. Oude Kerk will collect all the videos and combine them in a feed. With your publicly shared videos you will help to complete this artwork and become part of a kaleidoscope which is truly global.


Der Künstler Dennis Rudolph hat ein virtuelles Tor zwischen Europas größtem Stadtentwicklungsprojekt und dem Ende der westlichen Welt platziert: Mit dieser App kannst du dich zu den Klängen “Einzug der Götter in Walhalla” von Richard Wagner von der U- und S-Bahn Station Elbbrücken in der Hamburger HafenCity direkt nach California City teleportieren! So leicht war Reisen noch nie: Öffne DAS PORTAL und entfliehe dem elenden norddeutschen Wetter in die kalifornische Sonne. Die Augmented Reality Installation schickt dich mithilfe der Kamera in deinem Smartphone durch Raum und Zeit und versetzt dich auf eine Aussichtsplattform hoch über der gescheiterten amerikanische Partnerstadt knapp 9000 westlich, mitten in die Mojave Wüste. Engel bewachen den Übergang, unter dir breitet sich im Wüstensand das glatte Gegenteil des deutschen Vorzeigeprojektes aus. Ein Immobilienentwickler hatte CalCity in den späten 1950er Jahren 300 Quadratkilometer Land erworben, um mit einem Schneeballsystem eine Metropole aus dem Sand zu stampfen. immerhin wird das unvollendete Straßennetz häufig für Off-Road Rennen im Mad Max Stil und alternative Kulturfestivals genutzt, und anders als im engen Stadtstadt gibt es hier unendlich viel Platz... Tritt ein und entscheide selbst, ob Scheitern auch eine Chance sein kann! DAS PORTAL wurde für das Ausstellungsprojekt „The Gate“ in der Hamburger HafenCity entwickelt. Der Kunst- und Audioparcours startet am 3. Juni 2021 und wurde von Ellen Blumenstein für Imagine the City kuratiert. Der Eintritt ist frei. Ausstellungsdauer: 4. Juni – 30. September 2021. Die Audiothek von „The Gate“ steht ab sofort ebenfalls kostenlos im App-Store zum Download bereit. Weitere Informationen findest du hier:

The 5 Minute Apocalypse

March 3 - September 20 2021 at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

Due to the closure of our doors because of COVID-19 and the restoration of the tower, we realised that the exterior of the church is the only place where people can still see something new and something old. We therefore asked Berlin-based artist Dennis Rudolph to create a new work for the outside of the church tower – The 5 Minute Apocalypse – as a comforting image that melds our online and offline worlds for a few minutes. The painting on the tower comes to life via your phone or tablet.

How does it work?

  1. Download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

  2. Scan the painting on the tower

  3. View the augmented reality artwork The 5 Minute Apocalypse by Dennis Rudolph.

The 5 minute Apocalypse
Inspired by the fact that the church tower is publicly owned although part of a religious building, Rudolph makes a connection in The 5 Minute Apocalypse with the Christian background of the European flag. The story of John’s revelations from the New Testament served as the starting point for the design; a circle of stars. Both are about the meeting of religion and politics. A vision mirrors for Rudolph the fact of virtual reality, only you can see it, it is not ‘real’, but the image appears in reality. Virtual reality avant la lettre.

In his work, Rudolph brings together tradition and innovation by mixing a classic genre such as painting with new media such as virtual and so-called ‘augmented’ reality. The images are not literal additions to reality, but enter into a relationship.

Download the app and scan the above painting to view the exhibition at home.




In earlier days, the world was one big fat coherent thing that made sense.  Then  modernity came and blew it all to pieces. Now Dennis Rudolph comes along and puts it back  together again. The abstract painting, robbed of its object by Modernism a hundred years  ago, is no longer abstract, but turns out to be part of a larger whole that we only see when  we use our phones. The oil painting no longer sits on the wall in sad isolation, but blends  into a vast virtual landscape that includes  every painting ever made. In turn, virtual  reality is no longer a free-floating fantasy  world, but connects to our physical realm as Dennis Rudolph anchors it on the million-ton  pillars of five millenia of mythology. And our  smartphones are no longer just the addiction  machines we spend hours and years and lives glued to, but become part of the art. 

The automatic action that we’ve conditioned  ourselves to perform – pull phones out and  take pictures – turns us into accomplices of  the artwork, thus stopping us from performing that exact automatic action (raise phones and take pictures). Dennis Rudolph makes us  executors of a mankind that's done with its  own history and wants to invent new worlds, but can’t help only ever looking back. He  exposes us our entanglement, but also makes  us step out of it and look at ourselves. We  are Orpheus, who could transform the world  with a song, and our cultureal history is  Eurydice, who unfortunately died, but we  brought her back from the land of the Dead, still we’re not allowed to turn around and look at her. Dennis Rudolph forces us to act like  Orpheus, look back, and watch as the gods  that we created drag our undead love back to  the underworld – this time, forever. 

-Dietrich Brüggemann, 11.2.2021