In 2019, Genius Loci Weimar will be dedicated to two particularly noteworthy anniversaries: the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus and the centenary of the Weimar Constitution, the first parliamentary-democratic constitution on German soil.


Both of these events were epoch-making in their own way and they remain as unforgotten as they are tangible in everyday life. The Weimar Constitution’s concrete and explicit commitment to inalienable fundamental rights such as gender equality was decades ahead of its time, a fact that is underlined by the prevalence and topicality of these issues still today. The same is true of the Bauhaus, which used its visionary power to turn a simple manifestation into a set of creative principles, against a background of revolutionary and disruptive media that ultimately served to reinforce their validity.


It would seem at first glance to be an unbelievable coincidence that these two anniversaries occur in the same year and location. However, on closer inspection it is possible to recognise the eras, overarching structures and benign spirits that have urged these anniversaries, with all their cultural radiance, into precisely this time and location.


It was no coincidence that the first German constitution was forged in a place that once stood for the very spirit of enlightenment and humanism. Nor was it a coincidence that the most radical and innovative design school emerged where royal politics exercised its authority through art as opposed to violence. Furthermore, it is more than mere chance that these epoch-making events took place following the catastrophe of the lost First World War, when they were much needed and indeed possible at all. Behind the better-known Bauhaus masters and constitutional fathers are figures such as Harry Graf Kessler and Ernst Hardt, who worked doggedly towards this new cultural blossoming.


With the German National Theatre, the Mon Ami Cultural Centre and the new Bauhaus Museum, this year’s Genius Loci Weimar is reflecting upon three locations that perfectly represent these epochs. The Weimar Constitution was negotiated in the German National Theatre, the architecture, urban development and building history of the Mon Ami Cultural Centre exemplifies urban society’s emancipation from the aristocracy, while the new Bauhaus Museum reflects on the historical development and legacy of the Bauhaus.

Call for Projects

Till Sunday 07 April 2019, all interested artists are invited to submit their concept ideas for the Deutsches Nationaltheater and the Mon Ami. One submission will be commissioned for each building. A budget of 15,000 euros will be made available for the artistic realisation of the work. The winning concepts will be presented in the context of an evening tour through Weimar during the festival from 09 to 11 August 2019.

Historical awareness, an understanding of architecture, high abstractive and imaginative power, narrative flair and a clear vision of the local situation are all vital aspects of a strong concept. A new element of the call for proposals is a presentation of the development of the material for the final ten-minute video production.


Content criteria:

An innovative composition in the form of an audio-visual video mapping, with particular observance paid to the Genius Loci. An individual, original and sophisticated handling of the spirit of the location with respect to history and architecture, as well as to the people who were active there and who have influenced the surroundings, and to historical events that have left visible or invisible traces. An engaging dramaturgical and narrative concept for a five- to ten-minute video performance.

Creative criteria:

The expression of individual visual and dramaturgical styles in the development of the concept. The conscious omission of erratic gimmickry and showmanship, intrusive clichés and careless historical retelling. An engaging and skilfully narrated narrative as well as a supportive, gripping dramaturgy for the final audiovisual videomapping.


>>download "Call for Projects"

>> download animation pack "Deutsches Nationaltheater"

>> download animation pack "Mon Ami"

Call for a Fiction

For the second time, the 2019 edition of Genius Loci Weimar will feature a contemporary building as one of its canvases, namely the new Bauhaus-Museum. Thereby, the original competition for facade projections is expanding to include the roles and remits of media architecture – an increasingly common feature of the modern cityscape – at the level of urban planning.

During the festival weekend, a simulation of a permanent media architecture installation will be realised using the tools and techniques of videomapping. Conceived as form of draft design, the projection is intended to give an indication of how facades could be utilised in the future. It will also bring visibility to the question of whether the technique of front projection can be an aid to visualisation and thus to the process of design itself.

As regards content, the applicants are free to take their own direction. While submissions to the Genius Loci Weimar competition have previously been called upon to evoke the ‘spirit’ of the respective location, for the new Bauhaus-Museum, we are seeking the development of a fictive history or utilisation. In a conscious attempt to offset the event-like nature of a projection festival, the work should evoke the outward appearance of a permanent building installation. As such, this conceptual formulation reflects the contradictions that are often faced by media architecture: where is the exact balance between distraction and enhanced value; when does performance cross over into nuisance?

We are looking for new strategies do not unnecessarily distract passers-by, but which offer something to those that are willing to observe more consciously. Perhaps this could take the form of a reactive facade that responds selectively to the attention that is afforded, or maybe what is needed is an active change of perspective on the side of the viewer; perhaps the work includes temporally shifting dynamics, or a deeper narrative level emerges only on closer inspection, not unlike a painting by Qui Shihua.


>>download "Call for a Fiction"

>> download animation pack "neues Bauhaus -Museum"


Register on our website and fill in all the required information.

Don't forget to download the animation pack! You will find our guide lines, 3D-Models and photos of the location inside.

The closing date is Sunday 07 April 2019, 23:59 CET.

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Competition Poster 2019