5Elements from Bremen with "Inside Out"

Artist collective from Bremen and Portugal | Founded in 2018 | Active at Urbanscreen | Working in the field of motion design and projection mapping, as well as animation and architectural lightning design.

"Inside Out"

With Inside Out 5Elements succeeded with an exemplary implementation of theCompetition task "Call for a fiction". The succinctly-clear character of the work remains convincing from the title to the presentation. Inside Out works consistently with the given architecture and building function, takes up relevant aspects and gives them added value. Inside Out takes into account the balance between play and immision, at least theoretically practically feasible and thereby in the context of the festival can be simulated as a projection. The work is intelligent, stimulating and in the process atmospheric. The game of typography takes on the essence of a virtuosoLibrary in general and a Bauhaus library in particular


For the first time, the 2018 edition of Genius Loci Weimar will make use of a contemporary building as one of its canvases, namely the new University Library of Bauhaus University Weimar, which was constructed in 2005. Thereby, the original competition for facade projections is being expanded to include the roles and remits of media architecture, which represents an increasingly common feature of the modern cityscape. At this time, media architecture finds itself on the one hand in the highly topical space between welcomed communication and accusations of sensory overload, and on the other between the architectural re-aestheticisation of urban spaces and light pollution. In its use of light, the area of media architecture grapples with issues of design, quality, functionality and sustainability as central creative aspects. During the festival weekend, a simulation of a permanent media architecture installation realised using the tools and techniques of videomapping.

The library itself was founded in 1860, while the highly praised and awarded new building dates back to 2005. At first sight, the clearly defined building structure fits surprisingly organically into the existing tectonics and historical context. Inside, the building offers axes, magistral lines, views and vistas that would otherwise not be expected given the spatial characteristics of the courtyard. Two striking facades reflect the urban environment in their own way; a more than one hundred-metre-long glass facade to the west, which reflects the surroundings, as well as a markedly cool as well as windowless and opening-free south-facing front, which juts into the Steubenstraße and contrasts with the playful Baroque facades of the nearby buildings.

The University Library is extremely well suited as a competition location for medial performance. Not least, the sober and clear structure leaves ample room for individual creative forms and visual languages. The urban surroundings of Steubenstraße have retained their historical character, making it an ideal location for media architecture in a historical building context. At the same time, the relatively broad and undeviatingly straight Steubenstraße forms a matter-of-fact backdrop in which the effect of a medial performance is easily brought across.

The objective is to use full projections on the south and west facades, thereby simulating a medial performance through the use of projectors, lighting elements or other means of illumination or display. The glass facade will be adapted in order to make it suitable for projection. Applicants are requested to develop a 10-15 minute video that will be repeated half-hourly at the venue over the course of the festival weekend. The video should also contain audio, either as a concrete accompaniment to the performance or to better simulate the desired atmosphere in the festival situation. Room acoustics are also conceivable, either in the sense of multi-channel 3D audio or spatially separated, focused ‘audio islands’ featuring different narrations. Here, consideration should be given to visitor numbers. Also as regards the visual performance, the competition is open to experimental standpoints such as images that appear differently according to the perspective, or interactive augmentation using smartphones.

With ‘Call for a fiction', the competition organisers are liberating applicants from any form of thematic constraint. Previously, submissions to Genius Loci Weimar have been tasked with reflecting the spirit of the respective location. For the University Library, on the other hand, the works should include the development of a fiction that resonates between architecture and a medial envelope. The building could be a fictional data center, a stock exchange, a power plant, a command center, or a residential building in the style of Blade Runner. Naturally, it could even be a library. With no limits set on visionary design concepts, inspiration and accessibility are a must.


Use of the photos only with photo credits: © Eric Seehof, Genius Loci Weimar 2018

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