Genius Loci Weimar - videomapping & facade projection festival

Genius Loci Weimar is an annual festival for site-specific audiovisual art with an emphasis on projections onto building facades, public spaces and urban objects. The festival combines the historical spirit of Weimar with the present-day technology of video mapping, a projection technique that lends a further – and captivating – dimension to the static architecture, which can be employed to narrative or illusory effect.

2015 is the UNESCO Year of Light. Politically as well as socially, 2015 is set to be an extremely eventful year: War at the edges of Europe, alarming political movements in Germany, and an insecure and ever-shrinking societal middle-class.

This year, Genius loci Weimar will be de-emphasising the city’s touristic and classical beacons. Instead, we will be shining a light on three locations in the inner city that likewise represent eventful and affecting times: The Atrium Weimar, a former parade ground for the Nazi dictatorship, the ‘real socialist’ architectural response to this, namely the Jakobsplan, and, just a few hundred meters further on, the squatted house on Gerberstrasse, which represents individuality, tolerance, and political commitment, and whose residents and visitors play a regular and vital role in ensuring that the city of Weimar remains spared from ongoing far-right machinations – a capacity that even resulted in a personal visit from future German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at that time Federal Minister for Women and Youth.

One of the many highlights of the Genius Loci Weimar festival is a nocturnal tour through Weimar that passes each of the facades and shows. The winning productions of the competition will be celebrating their world premieres at Atrium Weimar, Jakobsplan and Gerberstrasse on the festival weekend of 7th to 9th August 2015. This year the festival also called for audio applications for the first time: In the courtyard of the City Castle the winning entry of the 3D surround sound open call will be premiered.

Other attractions like the Genius Loci Lab, the audiovisual adventure playground of the festival and the 'HARAJUKU ZOO' 3D animals of WALKABOUT Projection supplement the program.

The Genius Loci Weimar Festival is accessible to all and free of charge. We are looking forward to your visit!