Competition 2024

This year's international competition for video mapping and façade projections starts in summer 2024. All information about the competition building, the timetable and the conditions can be found here:

Buchenwald Memorial

"It feels like 5 to 33."

Genius Loci Weimar has already staged the Goethe House, the Bauhaus Museum, the German National Theatre, the former Gauforum and many other places from Weimar's remarkable and glowing past. In late summer, from August 30 to September 1, 2024, one of Weimar's most internationally renowned sites, the Buchenwald memorial erected on Etterbsberg in 1958 and visible from afar, will be illuminated for three days.

During this festival weekend, state elections will be held in several federal states, including Thuringia. Some of the parties that are ahead in the poll feature a rhetoric that does not stop at using SA slogans. But it is not only in Thuringia, but throughout Europe, if not worldwide, that shrill populism and under-complex egoism are on the rise. Not entirely unaffected by current social and political events, Genus Loci, Weimar and Thuringia - on these days and from this location - is therefore sending an urgent and unmissable message not to lose sight of the past and even less of the future.

The audio, light and video installations stage the architecture and objects of the memorial, but also attempt to break up the monumental tectonics to a certain extent and draw attention back to the people, the individuals. One of the main themes is a conscious, responsible and sustainable culture of remembrance: what is needed is less embarrassed silence and more sincere, loudly audible sympathy. A call for empathy, lived plurality and the courage to engage in discourse for a decisive, public position.