Now in its third year, the Genius Loci Weimar videomapping festival in Weimar, Germany was met with success once again. This year's winners of the international competition had the chance to project their videomapping skills onto some of Weimar's historic buildings in front of over 15,000 festival-goers during the two-night event.
Check out more video clips and photos of this year's festival below.
"For audiences at the German National Theatre, the show was above all a sound experience. For their projection ‘Klang3’, Dresden-based artists ruestungsschmie.de and Soundselektor recorded sounds produced by the building itself. Using hands, bows and drumsticks, they ‘played’ columns, windows and doors like musical instruments. This sound composition was visually paired with abstract animated elements taken from theatre architecture."
"Similarly, the Italian artists mammasONica delighted audiences with their facade performance at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, playing with images of fire – as a destructive force and also anima – and charred embers as lockets of time and memory. This was particularly apt, gi- ven this year’s tenth anniversary of the fire which heavily damaged the library. Focusing on the Genius Loci – the spirit of the location – the projection ‘Limen’ did more than simply dwell on that fateful event. It was innovative, too, with its diverse illustrative style, featuring stop motion techniques using clay figures, silhouettes and shadow play."
"On the city’s Herderplatz, Xenorama presented their work ‘Moya Façade’. This projection show incorporated the bust of Ohm Kruger, leader of the Boers in South Africa, set in the one facade, and, facing him, the statue of the Enlightenment theologian Johann Gottfried Herder in front of the church bearing his name. Highlighting different aspects of the contrasting philosophical worlds of these two figures, the artists projected vibrantly coloured African patterns and symbols onto the building facade and a shadow play onto the church. As part of the show, a silhouette of Herder’s statue disappeared from the church facade only to reappear moments later on the building with Kruger’s bust."
In addition to the winner's performances, Genius Loci Weimar also featured its new Genius Loci Lab workshop, an on-site nightclub, and A Wall is a Screen's projection shortfilm walk. Visitors also got to participate in GLW's first "tweetup", where anyone with a Twitter account could live-tweet on the event as they visited the projection venues.
"Festival director Hendrik Wendler summed up the weekend’s events: ‘We are delighted to see that Genius Loci Weimar has once again really resonated with audiences. To see the festival shows live is a unique experience and we are proud that we could present these artists and their productions in Weimar."
Photos courtesy of Genius Loci Weimar 2014.
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