Q: Also in 2019, the competition will focus not only on video performance art but also on the emergent topic of media architecture installations in the historical context. Can we submit an application involving any type of media installation, such as a VR animation or other techniques?

A: We are happy to consider any suggestion that will be suitable for a festival with approx. 50,000 visitors. If there are not enough VR glasses to go around, perhaps the audience can change their visual position or you could develop other new and interesting ideas.


Q: Will it actually be possible to use the installation at the new Bauhaus-Museum as a permanent installation over the entire festival period? In other words, to deviate from the festival rhythm and show the pieces in a continuous loop for the duration of the evening?

This time, we are also considering a form of exhibition that encompasses numerous ideas that are developed at least up to the model stage. The festival rhythm is only a reference point from which we will be glad to depart for strong concepts.


Q: Should the installation at the Bauhaus-Museum also incorporate audio?

A: Yes, the installation should include audio. The requirement for an audio production is specified under ‘Design Criteria’ in the PDF ‘Call for a Fiction’.

An audio component, either as a concrete accompaniment to the performance or to better simulate the intended atmosphere in the festival context. Also conceivable are room acoustics, either in the sense of multi-channel 3D audio or spatially separated and focused ‘audio islands’ featuring different narrations.


Q: Are the LEDs in the joints of the new Bauhaus-Museum to be taken into account?

A: There are LED lines in the joints of the façade of the new Bauhaus-Museum. On the pictures you can get an impression of the distances and gaps. The building is under construction and we can not assure that the LED lines will work and that we will have access to them. Because of this they can be considered in the design but not in the realisation.


Q: A new element in the call for proposals is a presentation of the material development as a ten-minute video production. What exactly is meant by this?

A: In the document ‘Call for Projects’, the Submission Guidelines refer to the Presentation of the development of the material (narration/dramaturgy), from competition video clip to final production, optionally as a single-side exposé (Lookline, development of the narrative) or three-sided storyboard (sketched presentation), both as PDF. With this approach, Genius Loci Weimar wants to ensure that the concepts for the winning entries have the potential for a multi-minute video show, without requiring all competition submissions to be expanded and/or lengthened in a uniform manner.

Please see the following links for more information on the requested presentation of material development:





Q: Does the statue (Goethe and Schiller) in front of the building Deutsches Nationaltheater interfere with the projection?

A: The statue won't disturb the projection. It will be projected around the statue on the front side of the building.


Q: How do I submit my 30 seconds video clip?

A: Register on our website and fill out all required fields. Please provide your video online for download (e.g. via Vimeo, WeTransfer...) In the registration site's section "Add project" you can find a URL mask where you can insert the download link. Remember to send us the password if required! We will upload the collection of all submitted videos for the public exhibition.


Q: Where should the content be placed inside the HD video?

A: To clarify this, we created a series of templates, one for each building. Please use these templates for your submission. You can find the templates in the animation pack on the respective building site:


Q: I downloaded the animation pack, but in the 3D model is no camera view position. Where can I find the render viewpoint? 

A: The render viewpoint is descirbed in the document"_START_HERE_ReadMe.pdf", which is also part of the animation pack:

"Please render you animation in a front view with a parallel perspective without a vanishing point.The projection surface should be in the middle of the image. To achieve that, please refer to the .pdf or the .png with the name »facade contours« for aligning your animation."

This camera view position is only valid for the 30 seconds competition submissions, which will be projected onto miniature models and shown in a travelling exhibition in Weimar.


Q: Can my video be longer than 30 second?

A: You can submit a longer video, but the staff will cut 30 seconds from it, and you cannot control which part is taken, so we recommend you do this on your own.


Q: How should the 30 second contest video look like?

A: We will present the clip mapped on simplified building models to the jury and the public. All clips will be presented one after another for a fair comparison. Please use the templates and create a plain and flat 30 second clip in full HD resolution that can be mapped onto a simplified facade in ca. 50x20cm in size. Do not integrate any explanations or text into the video, because we cannot guarantee that this explanations will be readable once the clip is projected onto the model.


Q: What do you mean by "The explanatory text and the self-description will be professionally edited and translated before being displayed to the public"?

A: This means, that a professional translator will proofread the self-description as well as the explenatory text before they will be displayed on the voting side. To make things clear - the editor will not change the meaning of the texts but check them for mistakes and translate them. Since we have submissions from all over the world and not everyone is a native English or German speaker, we just want to make sure that the displayed texts are clear and comprehensible.


Q: Do I have to apply for every location?

A: No.


Q: Can I apply for all three locations?

A: Yes.


Q: Is it possible to submit several ideas for one location?
A: Yes.


Q: How many projections have to be produced by the award winners?

A: Each award winner produces only one projection (5-10 min) for one building.


Q: Which mapping software will be used at the festival?

A: The software that will be used is MXWendler FXServer and will be provided for the award winners. The mapping will be done by the contestant teams. An expert team is on site to assist you.


Q: Are interactive installations allowed?

A: As far as we can realize it, yes. But you may face difficulties regarding the jury and the public vote, because they expect a 30 second video of the result mapped onto the facade. So best would be if you send a simulation of your interactive installation for the competition.


Q: How are the jury and the public going to know that the projection is interactive when the submitted video is just a simulation?

A: Besides the 30 second video clip you have to submit an explanatory text for your projection. In the explanatory text you can also describe the envisioned interaction between visitors and projection.

  • In the travelling exhibition only the submitted videos will be shown, projected onto miniature models of the respective location. People will have to visit our website to give their vote.
  • Visitors of the online exhibition on our website will see a summary of the concept besides the respective video. Visitor can rate each submission with 1-5 stars. The votes of the visitors count all together as one jury vote.
  • Our official jurors will go through all data submitted (video, explanatory text, letter of motivation).


Q: Can it be live show? With e.g. dancers and musicians?

A: It is hard to answer this question in general. Basically yes, but please note the following:

  • Will the budget of 15,000 € be enough?
  • Will it work with the 30 minutes cycle of the festival?
  • How can the idea be expressed the best with the given tools (project description + video clip for model projection)?


Q: Is there a tent for protecting our devices?

A: Yes.


Q: Which codec should I use for the 30 second clip?

A: H.264 with ALAC audio. The resolution should be HD 1920×1080.


Q: Which codec should I use for the final clip?

A: A PNG image-sequence with a separate WAV audio file. The resolution depends on the building and will be communicated to the award winners.