5th Genius Loci Weimar Festival (2022)

All interested artists are invited to submit their concept ideas for the Genius Loci Weimar Festival between the opening date of 27 January 2016 up to the deadline of 23 March 2016. Submitted concepts will be displayed in a public exhibition in Weimar in spring 2016. The best projects will be chosen, among other means, with the help of an audience vote. The three winning projects will then be completed with the help of prize money totalling 45,000 euro before being shown in the context of an evening tour of Weimar, itself part of a wider festival to take place from 12 to 14 August 2016.

This year, the festival leaves the urban facades aside and illuminates the Ilmpark at Ruin of the Tempelherrenhaus, Sternbrücke bridge, and Hydro shield projection at the Stern. The ideal landscape is both origin and utopia. A landscape garden appears to us as something timeless, even though it represents an ever-changing projection of an eternal idea.The continuous struggle in Weimar’s Ilmpark between the human drive to create and the stubbornness of nature tells the story of shifting aesthetics and, beyond this, of a changing idea of man. After the first baroque elements of the park attempt to dominate nature by straightening and confining, a new lyrical desire for the pristine arises. Like a form of augmented reality, the mysterious rock corridors and enchanted clearings are designed to evoke a sense of melancholy in the spectator. The park begins to gain a classical maturity when it opens up to nature with the creation of extensive visual axis that succeeds in grasping the complex character of a landscape, encompassing all elements in their entirety. In this way, the spectator is intended to be inspired to the depths of their soul by a curated piece of reality.We want to pursue this thought at Genius Loci Weimar 2016, and hope to challenge the artistic skill to capture the spirit of the location in an interaction between human creativity and natural conditions.This year’s locations are the Tempelherrenhaus, a citation of a mystical but fictional and idealised look at the past, the Stern as a meeting place for wanderers with different origins and destinations, and the Sternbrücke as a symbol for overcoming boundaries in nature and society. And thus, we present three venues that ask familiar but nevertheless relevant questions: who we are, where we’re coming from and where we want to go.

What is it then, this strange striving of art towards nature, of nature back to art?” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Contestants are invited to submit their artistic concepts by 23:59h (CET) on 23 March 2016, including:
– a thirty-second audiovisual video clip (HD);
– an explanatory text (max. 300 words);
– a letter of motivation from the participant or group, including a self-description and appropriate references. As part of the application process, this text will be professionally edited to produce a definitive self-description (max. 300 words);
– details of the support team and designated representatives.

The three best submissions will be awarded the commission:
– commissions will comprise the creation of a 10-15 minute long high resolution audio-visual production to be presented in the form of video mapping on the respective locations during the festival weekend (12 to 14 August 2016);
– a budget of 15,000 euros will be made available for the completion of each prize-winning submission;
– productions will be of the highest technical and artistic quality.

Key requirements for the Genius Loci Weimar competition:
– An innovative composition in the form of an audio-visual video mapping, with particular observance paid to the Genius Loci.
– An individual, original and sophisticated handling of the spirit of the location with respect to history and architecture, as well as to the people who were active there and who have influenced the surroundings, and to historical events that have left visible or invisible traces.
– The conscious omission of erratic gimmickry and showmanship, intrusive clichés and careless historical retelling.

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You can register for the competition here.For more information, please visit the Genius Loci Weimar competition page.

5th Genius Loci Weimar Festival (1)

General Terms and Conditions

THE AWARD WINNING WORK:Winning submissions will each receive prize money of 15,000 euros for the fulfilment of the production. The artists (hereafter referred to as participants) will thereby enter into a contract for services with the MXPERIENCE FESTIVAL gUP (limited liability) (hereafter referred to as organiser) and are obliged to provide the commissioned work to the organiser at least 10 days before the start of the festival on 2 August 2016. Details will be outlined in a separate agreement.

The organiser is obliged to assume the costs of projection equipment and accommodation. Any travel costs will be borne by the participants and will be paid from the prize money. The paid-out sum of prize money is a final total amount. Any resulting taxes and duties in the respective country of the participants, as well as in Germany, must be borne by the participants. The participant absolves the organiser from liability and all payment obligations should materials be used in the course of the work that infringe upon or consist of copyrights belonging to third parties.If the work and subsequent performance makes use of material for which there are third-party copyrights (e.g. GEMA fees), any payable charges with respect to the organiser will be paid out of the prize money. The prize money will thus be reduced in order to make the payment that is due for the rights of the third parties. The organiser recommends the use of royalty-free material. Winning participants have until 30 June 2016 to provide the organisers with a list of materials used, including details on sources and any third-party rights.

Furthermore, the agreement stipulates that the participant or a representative of the organiser provide information at any time on the current status of the work, as well as insights into current progress, with the aim of avoiding any problems that may arise with the implementation of live projection. In addition, before the outset of work the participant or a representative are obliged to travel to Weimar at least once in order to make advance images of the localities.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:The competition is open to individuals and groups who complete the application process in full. All application forms must be submitted online here.All participants, enthusiasts, students, amateurs and professionals will be given the same opportunity to take part. However, we recommend that participants clearly highlight their ability to realise the professional skills and motivation that are required to create and implement such a facade projection.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:Individuals and groups should apply with a letter of motivation (max. 300 words) and an explanatory text on their artistic background and development (max. 300 words). We recommend that at least one of the group members has previous experience with facade or video projections.Participants may choose one of three locations per competition entry. These are the Tempelherrenhaus, Sternbrücke, and the water projection at the Stern. Participants are free to submit concept proposals for more than one facade. Alongside the conception, the participants must also submit the above-listed materials with the aim of illustrating the concept and central ideas of the artistic work. In case of unsatisfactory competition results, the jury and competition management reserve the right to outsource production.

(Video) Genius Loci Weimar : 2012 Documentary (short)

COMPETITION DOCUMENTS:The organiser will make available a complete package of data and information on the selected facades, including 3D model, photos and plans as well as texts about the cultural and architectural history of the buildings. They are also available to respond to questions.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:Please direct all questions to info@genius-loci-weimar.org. All questions must be sent by 15 March.Questions and answers will be published anonymously on the website as soon as possible. Enquiries received after this deadline will not be considered.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:The jury will select the most outstanding entries on the basis of the submitted documents. All entries will be presented to the general public in Weimar in an exhibition in spring 2016. The three winners will be publicly announced on Friday 20 May 2016 after the public has participated in the selection of projects (votes can be submitted until 6 May 2016). This will also mark the start of preparation and lead time for the participants.

– The interpretation and presentation of the facade architecture, taking into account the spirit of the location.
– The extent of originality and innovation of the concept, which should not tend towards cliché.
– The technical and artistic quality of the submitted work.
– The feasibility of the project, in particular with respect to realisation on the original facade in the predetermined time frame.

PROJECT SUBMISSIONS:All projects must be uploaded to or received by www.genius-loci-weimar.de no later than 23:59 (CET) on 23 March 2016. Projects submitted after this deadline will be excluded from adjudication regardless of the nature of the delay. The organiser cannot be made responsible for any issues regarding telecommunications, servers or other computer systems. Participants may only upload entries for which full copyright is held. Upon submission, the organiser receives all rights to use the submission for internal and external communications. Submissions that do not meet requirements or that are incomplete will likewise be excluded. Upon submission of projects, participants accept the validity of the regulations and agree to respect all decisions of the jury. The jury is not required to justify any decisions to participants.

PRECONDITIONS FOR COMPETITION:The exhibition and the festival are freely accessible to the public. The participants will not receive a separate fee for the publication of the conceptual ideas in the public exhibition (see SELECTION PROCEDURE) as well as on the Internet platform www.genius-loci-weimar.de and other publications of the organiser and its partners.

(Video) LISZT-HITECTURE - Genius Loci Videomapping Competition 1st Prize

COPYRIGHT:The winning entries will remain the property of the participants. The Organiser receives unrestricted right of use upon the award of contract. In their participation, the participants give their consent for submitted works or parts of the work to be used at no charge for advertising and promotional activities as part of the press and public relations activities for the competition, as well as to be published in the internet or used in other known or unknown ways, all free of charge. Furthermore, participants must agree to the forwarding of clips, excerpts from the clips of images to media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and, as well as the use of images or excerpts of the clip and future art production in the context of unrestricted granting of rights of use. This also applies to the submitted concept ideas. The Organiser is not liable for fees for the rights of the participants. The copyright remains the property of the participant.

LIABILITY:The organiser is responsible only insofar as the liability of the organiser is proven for the reimbursement of costs for any damage to or loss of competition works and for the reparation or replacement of damaged or lost documents. The organiser reserves the right to make a claim for damages in cases of non-compliance with the contract, such as failure to complete the facade projection in a timely manner.

INDEMNIFICATION CLAUSE:The participant releases the organiser of all liability in respect of the rights of third parties in case of infringement of rights by the submitted works. By submitting their works, the participant confirms that no such rights are infringed, or that rights have been paid for by the participant.

PERSONAL DATA:After the competition, the personal data of the participants will be deleted on request, with the exception of the winner’s data. The addresses will be used only to inform participants about the competition or the 2016 festival program and future programs. Personal information will not be disclosed to third parties. Upon the request of the participant, the organiser can use their full identification for the submitted work in the competition documentation, or at the very least can employ a pseudonym (e.g. a number).

JURISDICTION:Weimar is the agreed location of jurisdiction provided that a participant/group has no general jurisdiction in Germany or in the case of a planned relocation abroad or if the process concerns a legal entity.

SEVERABILITY CLAUSE:Should any of the terms and conditions contained herein be inadmissible, the remaining Terms & Conditions shall remain valid. This English translation is valid for communication purposes only. The original German version shall serve as the only legally valid competition brief.

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The organiser reserves the right to change the composition of the jury also after the beginning of the competition. The jury is composed of the following members:

Refik Anadol (ANTILOP)Refik Anadol is a media artist, director and designer born in Istanbul, Turkey, who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is co-founder and creative director of Antilop and lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts. Anadol is working in the fields of site-specific public art and live audio-visual performance with immersive installation approach. His works particularly explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts. Embedding media arts into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities. His works invite the viewers to visualise alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have potentials to be utilised as the media artists’ canvases.

László Zsolt Bordos (BORDOS.ARTWORKS)László Zsolt Bordos (also known as Bordos.ArtWorks) is a 3d artist living in Budapest, Hungary. In 2000 he started as a VJ, performing in the underground party culture of Budapest. With his early 3d-vjing (2001-2004), his participation to huge size architectural slide projections (2002-2005) and his outrageous video projections and 3d mapping projects (2006-2007), he became a pioneer of the genre.Cooperating with other artists since 2010, he started to run the projects under the name ‘Bordos.ArtWorks and Invited Artists’, which became internationally recognised as eminent representatives of video projection mapping.Since 2014 Bordos is focusing again on solo art projects, installations and scenery projections for theatres and operas.

Thorsten Bauer (URBANSCREEN)Thorsten Bauer is co-founder and creative director of Urbanscreen GmbH & Co.KG. With a network of artists, architects and set designers Urbanscreen develops media concepts to stage public spaces and to produce international convincing artistic approaches. They won international awards like the ‘Silver Lion, Cannes 2010′ or the ‘German Lighting Design Award 2011.’

Romain Tardy (Media artist)Romain Tardy is a visual artist, who has been active in the field of digital and media art since 2004. After studying art and design for 4 years in France, and with a background in motion design and VJing, he moved to Brussels, Belgium, where he currently lives and works. He creates installations, directs movies, does art direction, design still and animated things. Romain Tardy is one of the founders of the European visual label ANTIVJ.

Philipp Geist (Media artist)The Berlin artist Philipp Geist (1976) works internationally as an artist with the mediums of video- / light installation, photography and painting. On 16 may 2013 Geist received the German lighting design award in the category of light art for the installation Time Drifts, he presented during the Luminale 2012. He has exhibited his art work and audio-visual performances internationally at various renowned festivals and art spaces. Geist´s projects are characterized by their complexity and the integration of the location, the sound and moving images. In his video mapping installations, he avoids using canvasses and turns diverse architectures in moving, painterly light sculptures, which challenge the onlookers’ perception of two- and three-dimensionality.

(Video) Genius Loci,Weimarer Sommer Videospektakel an der Bauhaus Universität Weimar,HD,11.08.2013 HD

Jens Geelhaar (Bauhaus University Weimar)Prof. Dr. Jens Geelhaar is Professor for Interface Design at Bauhaus University Weimar. He does research and gives lectures on HCI, Interaction Design, Experience Design, Physical Computing and Media Art. Up to 2010 Prof. Dr. Geelhaar was Guest Professor at Tongji University Shanghai for three years.

Hendrik Wendler (Genius Loci Weimar, MXWendler)Hendrik Wendler studied architecture at Bauhaus University Weimar and founded device+context, a software venture, developing the videomapping software Suite MXWendler. Since 2004 these media servers illuminate clubs, theaters and facades around the world. In 2012 he founded the artistic festival platform Genius Loci Weimar for the young art-form videomapping.


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