Genius Loci Weimar is an annual festival for site-specific audiovisual art, in particular for projections for facades, spaces and objects. The festival combines the historical spirit of Weimar and the contemporary technology of video mapping, a projection technique that incorporates the object in the image design, giving multi-layered dimensions to motionless objects and creating audiovisual narratives.

The globally advertised Genius Loci Weimar competition provides a thorough overview of current video mapping productions from around the world. As meeting point for the international AV scene, the festival attracts culture enthusiasts as well as a professional audience from the fields of architecture, media art, design, performing arts and visual arts. With 30,000 visitors in 2015 the festival is one of the highlights of the event series “Weimarer Sommer”.

This year the Genius Loci Weimar Festival will take place from 12 to 14 August at Ilmpark Weimar. The locations 2016 are:


Weimar offers an abundance of buildings and spaces that have played an important role in culture and history – also outside of the city limits. The architectural testimony of centuries past encompasses classical, modern and avant-garde, as well as the dark years of national socialism.

Well-known figures such as Lucas Cranach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottfried Herder, Christoph Martin Wieland, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Franz Liszt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henry van de Velde and Walter Gropius have all been active in the city, and have left their marks.

Every year, new buildings and structures in and around Weimar are chosen to become a part of the competition and festival. It is the aim of Genius Loci Weimar to draw attention to the spirit of the location with respect to the history, architecture and other visible and invisible layers of meaning, and to bring these to life using innovative techniques of media art.

The Video Mapping Competition 2016 as well as the Spatial Audio Competition 2016 are closed. Vote now!