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.
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.
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.
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 next “moved wind” will take place from 19. August to 2. September 2018.
8th call for proposals
moved wind – international wind art festival
including art competition, exhibition and framework programme
Call for proposals for the 8th international art competition „moved wind“
„To make the invisible visible“ is a task and a challenge when looking at wind, a natural phenomenon as well as a metaphor.
The call for proposal allows for varied anticipations regarding associations with the subject: movement within landscapes. Changing personal horizons and kens. Perspectives. Insights. Utopias. Boundless wind. Renewal. Relocation.
A total of 6,000 Euro prize money is awarded. Deadline for applications for the “ideas competition” is 29.3.2016. The call for proposal can be downloaded from www.bewegter-wind.de/downloads . The exhibition in the landscapes will take place from 14.-28. August 2016 in Northern Hesse, Germany.
Here art interacts with wind and weather: „moved wind“ stages wind art in these diverse landscapes. Valleys, peaks, cityscapes form background, reference and sometimes counterpoint to the exhibition in the “wind art land” of Northern Hesse.
The wind art festival takes place every two years at three to five different locations in the region. “moved wind” is a landscape exhibition which includes an art competition, frame programme, artists’ gatherings, cultural exchange, guided tours of the exhibition and a children’s’ programme.
Since 2004 seven art competitions were announced internationally and held in our region. Wind objects, installations, performances and videos promise art- and nature- experiences in remarkable landscapes. Up to now, 475 art works by 384 artists from 37 countries were exhibited in 23 locations in the region.
What is the fascination of “wind”?
Global, invisible, perceptible in every movement, quiet or roaringly loud, meteorological and mythological. Wind is the only element which is not visible and is only perceived through its relationship to the other elements.
Wind is a natural phenomenon and a symbol of spirit. Around the globe there is the ambivalence of its features: whispering and stormy, howling and rustling, wild and tame, hot and cold, communicative and centered. Each landscape is shaped by wind, every culture has been influenced by wind. Various aspects of an invisible phenomenon occupy artists worldwide.
A short overview of the project
Wind art in landscapes in Northern Hesse has a successful history. The aim of the association “moved wind” is to show the intangible of wind and all its metaphors. Here, the unifying element of the intangible, the role and perception of art/nature/landscape are examined under the global and inter-cultural aspects of one topic.
Exchange and co-operation regarding „wind art“ will be promoted. The frame programme as well as an art education programme will create awareness regarding wind art among visitors, locals, nature and sports tourists and children.
The aim is to create sustainable promotion of wind art as well as its intercultural spirit.