videomapping and facade projection competition


Submission: April 10, 2017
Registration: April 10, 2017
Language: English, German
Location: Weimar, Germany
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


All interested artists are invited to submit their concept ideas for the Genius Loci Weimar Festival between the opening date of 27 February 2017 up to the deadline of 09 April 2017. Submitted concepts will be displayed in a public exhibition in Weimar in May 2017. The best projects will chosen, among other means, with the help of an audience vote.

The three winning projects will then be completed with the help of prize money totalling €48,000 before being shown in the context of an evening tour of Weimar, itself part of a wider festival to take place from 11 to 13 August 2017.

  • Contestants are invited to submit their artistic concepts by 23:59h on 09 April 2017, including:
    • a thirty-second audiovisual video clip (HD)
    • an explanatory text (max. 300 words)
    • a letter of motivation from the participant or group, including a self-description and appropriate references. As part of the application process, this text will be professionally edited to produce a definitive self-description (max. 300 words)
    • details of the support team and designated representatives
  • The three best submissions will be awarded the commission.
    • Commissions will comprise the creation of a 10-15 minute long high-resolution audio-visual production to be presented in the form of video mapping on the respective locations during the festival weekend 11.-13.8.2017
    • A budget of 16,000 euros will be made available for the completion of each prize-winning submission
    • Productions will be of the highest technical and artistic quality

Key requirements for the Genius Loci Weimar competition:

  • 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
  • The conscious omission of erratic gimmickry and showmanship, intrusive clichés and careless historical retelling


All participants, enthusiasts, students, amateurs and professionals will be given the same opportunity to take part. However, we recommend that participants clearly highlight their ability to realise the professional skills and motivation that are required to create and implement such a façade projection.


All projects must be uploaded to or received by www.genius-loci-weimar.org no later than 23:59 on 09 April 2017 (German time). Projects submitted after this deadline will be excluded from adjudication regardless of the nature of the delay. The organiser cannot be made responsible for any issues regarding telecommunications, servers or other computer systems. Participants may only upload entries for which full copyright is held. Upon submission, the organiser receives all rights to use the submission for internal and external communications.

Submissions that do not meet requirements or that are incomplete will likewise be excluded. Upon submission of projects, participants accept the validity of the regulations and agree to respect all decisions of the jury. The jury is not required to justify any decisions to participants.


Winning submissions will each receive prize money of 16,000 Euros for the fulfilment of the production. The artists (participants) will thereby enter into a contract for services with the MXPERIENCE FESTIVAL gUG (limited liability) (organiser) and are obliged to provide the commissioned work to the Organiser at least 10 days before the start of the festival on 11 August 2017. Details will be outlined in a separate agreement.

The organiser is obliged to assume the costs of projection equipment and accommodation. Any travel costs will be borne by the participants and will be paid from the prize money. The paid-out sum of prize money is a final total amount. Any resulting taxes and duties in the respective country of the participants, as well as in Germany, must be borne by the participants. The participant absolves the organiser from liability and all payment obligations should materials be used in the course of the work that infringe upon or consist of copyrights belonging to third parties.

If the work and subsequent performance makes use of material for which there are third-party copyrights (e.g. GEMA fees), any payable charges with respect to the organiser will be paid out of the prize money. The prize money will thus be reduced in order to make the payment that is due for the rights of the third parties. The organiser recommends the use of royalty-free material. Winning participants have until 30 June 2017 to provide the organisers with a list of materials used, including details on sources and any third-party rights.

Furthermore, the agreement stipulates that the participant or a representative of the Organiser provide information at any time on the current status of the work, as well as insights into current progress, with the aim of avoiding any problems that may arise with the implementation of live projection. In addition, before the outset of work the participant or a representative are obliged to travel to Weimar at least once in order to make advance images of the localities.

Go to the competition’s website