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Montreux Jazz Festival: “Nina” goes back to the roots

The wonderful legacy of the Montreux Jazz Festival travels around the world with “Nina”. For the 53rd edition of the Festival, the immersive installation by the EPFL+ECAL Lab, developed in cooperation with the space conception laboratory ALICE, goes back to Montreux, from June 28 to July 13, 2019.

Scene-o-scope and Nina (Picture: Daniela & Tonatiuh / EPFL+ECAL Lab)

As you board “Nina”, immersion takes you one step further: the heritage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, now listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, comes back to life. Deep Purple, Nina Simone and Miles Davis brighten up the cockpit of a hacked car. Sounds permeate space thanks to new acoustic technologies. Images inhabit the architectural structure. The image activates a surface which envelops passengers. The light, sound and materiality of this mobile device bring out a vision: driving from A to B will amount to time travel.

It comes with a virtual reality installation bearing witness to the history of the Festival which echoes the adventure of the music itself — from Deep Purple who wrote “Smoke on the Water” as the concert hall burned down on Lake Geneva, along with contributions by artists like Max Bill, Keith Haring or Jean Tinguely, here are the places which have woven unique connections between world-famous musicians.

“Nina” takes this musical and cultural legacy to new audiences to demonstrate how digitized archives may come back to life, offering a new perception of a heritage and bringing innovative experiences to a wide range of people throughout the world. 

Discover the complete project here.

The public can live this truly immersive and social experience during the 53rd edition of the Festival. “Nina” is located in the main entrance hall of the Auditorium Stravinsky. Practical information on

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