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Vatican creates app to “re-burn” heretic

February 20, 2012
New app “brings to life” and let you “re-live” a heretic’s burning at the stake.

Vulgar, creepy or dumb? … maybe it’s vulgar, creepy AND dumb … Museums are constantly coming up with new promotional gimmicks to lure visitors, but this one from the Vatican and Accenture — an app for “re-burning” a heretic at the stake — is unbelievably weird.

This promo coincides with the  new exhibition Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself opening February 29 at Rome’s Capitoline Museum. Among the many documents on view from the secret archives is a summary of the trial of Giordano Bruno, A Dominican friar found guilty of heresy by the Tribunal of the Roman Inquisition and burned at the stake in Rome’s Campo de’Fiori on February 17, 1600.  So, 412 years after Bruno’s execution, the Vatican and Accenture have created this peculiar anniversary offering … the press release is, well … buoyant:

A NEW APP WILL LET YOU RE-LIVE GIORDANO BRUNO’S STAKE AND DOCUMENTS

ON THE OCCASION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF GIORDANO BRUNO’S EXECUTION ON CAMPO DE’ FIORI THE VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES ANNOUNCES THAT
 THE SUMMARY OF GIORDANO BRUNO’S TRIAL 
WILL BE ON DISPLAY.

A NEW APP DEVELOPED BY ACCENTURE “BRINGS TO LIFE” THE PYRE AND THE DOCUMENTS

Rome, February 17, 2012

On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Giordano Bruno, burned alive at the stake on piazza Campo de’ Fiori, in Rome, on February 17, 1600, for his convictions, which were judged heretical by the Tribunal of the Roman Inquisition, today, February 17, 2012, the Vatican Secret Archives unveils the summary of the trial of GIORDANO BRUNO, the 17th document on display at the Capitoline Museums in the Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself exhibition.

“Re-live” and “Brings to Life” … Really?

Just in case you didn’t quite understand exactly what this app does, here’s more from that same press release (their emphasis, not mine):

a sophisticated app that was developed specifically for the Vatican Secret Archives on this occasion will make it possible, for example,  to focus your tablet or smartphone on the statue of Giordano Bruno at Campo de’ Fiori and see his pyre burst into flame on your device’s display …

Sounds like fun for the entire family …

 

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