The awardees

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Changing horizons

 The awardees of the 8th wind art festival “moved wind“

 

The theme of the 8th art competition of the “moved wind” art association in Northern Hesse, Germany, was “changing horizons“. Over a period of two weeks the association extended an invitation to experience 74 objects, installations, activities and performances as well as videos in different landscapes in and around Hofgeismar and Trendelburg. As the weather was great, many visitors accepted the invitation and were fascinated by the artists’ works and the cheerful atmosphere of the wind art festival. The organisers are happy with the feedback and the number of visitors from sunrise at the Offenberg to sunset at the “Friedenseiche” (Oak Tree of Peace); objects glowing in the dark at the “Burgberg” (castle hill) and a successful fringe programme rounded off the overall picture. The organisers would like to thank all supporters, sponsors, partners, cultural associations and helpers, without whom this landscape exhibition would not have been possible.
Wind is limitless, stands for renewal, ambivalence and a lot of energy. The theme of the competition, “changing horizons”, called for interpretation models: the artists centred the discussions on changing views and experiences, uncertainty and enrichment or departure and disappearance.
Reta Reinl, the curator, guided an expert jury through the exhibition spaces. The dedicated jurors were: 
  • Joachim Römer: artist, photographer/collagist, collector of messages in bottles, landscape artist, creator of moving pictures, walker of rivers and winner 2010 www.unterblicken.de
  • Daniel Sprenger: ·        landscape architect, diploma in „concept of nature“. In the international workshop- and exhibition series “temporary gardens© he examines acceptance and perspective of public urban spaces and the multilingual possibilities of landscape architecture. www.sprenger-landschaftsarchitekten.de

     

  • Ralf Witthaus: ·        he studied art, design and international art management. He connects drawing, performance art, community art and landscape architecture expansively. In 2010, he organised a “Bundesrasenschau”  (“National Lawn Show”) in Cologne, a seven kilometer long drawing around the city. He curated the German EuroLandArt Festival and wrote for the art magazine “atelier”. www.bundesrasenschau.info

     

    The judging criteria were determined by the call for proposals: idea, implementation and realisation, topical reference, originality, context- and landscape reference, functionality, amongst others. The jurors were impressed by the various concepts and the variety of works. After discussion and deliberation the following prizes were awarded:

     


  • 1. First prize:

    Kirsten Sauer – kisa – for „Lost Horizon”,  Offenberg.

    Kirsten Sauer created a visual as well as audible installation by fastening ribbons in landscape-colours into a frame. The viewer is able to see the horizon through the frame, and the colours of the ribbons relate sensibly to the landscape. Most fascinating in this visualisation of landscape are the unusual combination and material – although it shows great simplicity, the viewer will hardly escape its strong impression.

    www.kisa.de


  • 2. Second prize:
  • Anna and Michael Rofka for „Black Cloud, White Cloud“, Burgberg.
    In this installation, wooden components painted black and white are hung. They react to the wind and invite to be played with using sticks, thus creating in a poetical and playful way a space open for experience within the installation.
    http://www.europeanatelier-michaelrofka.de/
3. Third prizes

Since the jury declared two works of art, which, under one common theme, were most contrasting, award-worthy, the third prize was shared. Both the largest and the smallest artwork in relation to the horizon received an award:

Michael Klant „Wer tanzen kann mit Winden“,(who can dance with the winds), Burgberg.

A chartered plane tows a banner through the skies for the opening of the wind art festival. Although quite big, the writing appears tiny in the endless space of the clouds. At a later stage the artist places the letters within the landscape: now his letters are moving with the wind. www.michaelklant.de

Katri Pekri und Alide Zvorovski „Auditorium“, Offenberg 

Close to 300 miniature chairs are placed systematically in a rectangle, facing one direction, like in a movie house. Bending down, one realises how much movement the wind creates in the low growing vegetation. This installation accentuates wind in a different way, through its own micro cosmos. Questions arise: who is looking? For whom was this beautiful space created? For us humans? 
The view of the surrounding landscape is magical. 

https://emotsionaalsedmaastikud.wordpress.com/

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The award ceremony takes place during the cultural festival in Hofgeismar, with a concert of the “Trend Singers” taking place at the same time. Due to short-term notifications, not all award winners can be present. During the concert a slide show will give an overview of the exhibition and two very successful weeks in landscape and summer wind.

 

The catalogue of „changing horizons“ with superb photos of the exhibition is available and can be ordered at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cost is 4.00 Euro, excluding postage. 

The next “moved wind” will take place from 19. August to 2. September 2018.