International Wind Art in Northern Hesse
wind art landscape
bewegter wind e.V. organises wind art festivals and offers for wind art and intercultural communication.
Wind is a symbol of spirit and communication in almost all cultures of the world.
"bewegter wind" stages wind art in this multifaceted landscape. Wind art is fleeting, can always be experienced anew and remains unfinished in a fascinating way. At various locations - in front of forests, high-altitude landscapes, lakes or quarries - objects are created that make the wind visible and allow it to merge with the art.
The international wind art festival takes place as a competition every two years at changing locations in the region. "bewegter wind" is a landscape exhibition with a supporting programme, art competition, artists' meeting, cultural exchange, exhibition tour and children's programme.
The 11th wind art festival "bewegter wind" took place from 13th-27th August, 2023 in Wolfhagen. We are looking forward to the 12th wind art festival from 17th-31st of August, 2025.
Calendar "From wind to wind" 2024-2025 and exhibition catalog "beyond..."
Wind art with a far-sighted view and impressive landscapes in Wolfhager Land have characterized this year's festival summer.
We are delighted with the positive feedback and the demand for print products.
The images for the 11th "bewegter wind" are now available. Please order and shorten the waiting time until the next wind art festival!
The catalogue "beyond..." has 72 pages, portrait format (10,85cm x 21cm) and can be ordered for 5 Euro + postage (Germany 1,60€, world 3,70 €).
The calendar "From Wind to Wind" is valid for two years, has 14 pages (42cm x 29.7cm) and costs 15 € + postage (Germany 4.95 € and other countries on request).
We are also happy to send vouchers.
1st prize ( € 3,000) : Anne Heilmann, Before the Wind
The installation, which consists of two parts, is the artistic transfer of two sections of a weather map: a gust in the trade wind zone and a low-pressure area of the North Atlantic were depicted as a spatial drawing by linking ropes - special ropes that are traditionally used in sailing. In this way, a network was created, some with varying degrees of density, others completely open. Another component is the artist's own texts, which can be read on signs or heard via a QR code.
Inspired by a seven-month voyage on a sailing ship, the artist manages to combine the poetic language of her texts with the knotting work in a subtle and coherent way. Starting from her subjective experience, a work of art is created that touches and triggers associations when viewed and listened to. Weather and wind forecasts are of great importance not only for sailors, but for all people. Anne Heilmann explores her personal feelings of winds of varying intensity and opens up a space of reflection on the subject of wind for the recipient.
Jury text by the jurors.
2nd prize (€2,000): Piotr Weselowski, Karola Konieczny and Aleksander Bryk "Catch me if you can"
The approximately 8 m high installation on the Helfenberg can be seen from afar. A scaffold encloses and fixes the hollow form woven from bamboo strips in the shape of a tornado, the tube-like end of which is connected to the ground. In one turn, the form widens upwards and is open to the sky.
The artist and the two artists have succeeded in expressing the destructive power of this wind phenomenon and at the same time giving form to the - mostly futile - human effort to tame and limit it.
In view of climate change and the associated increase in extreme weather, this installation has a powerful effect and political significance. The almost exclusive use of natural materials is consistent.
Jury text from the jurors.
3rd prize (1,000 €) Ralf Witthaus, Perpetuum
Two paths running in curves and crossing each other again and again form a "bracket" between the two exhibition sites in three stages. They were cut into the ground vegetation with cordless and power scythes - right down to the turf, so that the paths contrast with the green surroundings in a brown earth tone and are clearly visible, even from a distance. As with other "lawnmower drawings", the artist's reference to place is important and successful here too. Landscape experience and communication enter into a connection, on the one hand already in the phase of realisation by voluntary helpers in black and white clothing, and on the other hand then when visitors walk along the paths.
Both in the basic form of the symbol for infinity chosen by the artist and in the title Perpetuum (Latin for continuous, permanent, eternal) an analogy to the phenomenon of the wind can be seen.
Jury text from the jurors.
Special Prize ( 1.000 €) Ria Gerth, Silence
The camera glides over a blossoming rape field, the horizon is wide. Colour filters create shimmering yellow and green tones. The idyll is abruptly destroyed by a detonation that spreads as a bluish wisp of smoke along the edge of the field. No sooner has it dissipated than the camera moves on until another detonation occurs. The video ends with silence over the rape field.
With this dense and precisely conceived video work, the artist refers to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, which destroyed any hope of lasting peace in Europe, claimed human lives, disrupted food chains in the agricultural economy and turned nature into a war zone.
The video Silence received the special prize due to its high artistic quality.
Jury text from the jurors.
Award ceremony and finissage
Landscape exhibition from 13-27.8.2023 in Wolfhagen - Nothfelden and Philippinenburg.
With almost 50 installations, videos, performances by artists from 13 countries. The organiser is the "bewegter wind" association, which is realising the exhibition in Windkunstland Nordhessen with the support of the district of Kassel, the town of Wolfhagen and other supporters. A team of volunteers from all over the region, together with the supporters, makes it possible for the exhibition to be accessible to everyone around the clock free of charge, thus reaching many interested people beyond the art scene.
at the Helfenberg, Philippinenburg
On 27.8.23 the 11th wind art festival "bewegter wind" will end with the award ceremony at 5 pm at Helfenberg.
The exhibition locations and parking spaces are well signposted and marked with blue ribbons. Sturdy shoes are recommended. In addition to the DGH car park in Philippinenburg, there is another car park closer to the exhibition site.
hr2 Kultur - Reta Reinl über das elfte Windkunstfestival in Nordhessen
In der Nähe von Wolfhagen – in Nordhessen bei Kassel gelegen– beginnt heute das elfte Windkunstfestival "bewegter wind". Die Künstlerin Reta Reinl aus Lichtenfels hat dieses Festival 2004 ins Leben gerufen und ist seitdem Kuratorin des Projekts. Sie erzählt über die vielfältigen Exponate von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern aus aller Welt, über die Verbindung von Kunst und Natur und wie sie auf die Idee für dieses Festival gekommen ist.
"Am Sonntagmorgen", 13.08.2023, 09:04 Uhr
The exhibits have been selected
It is a unique art and nature experience that appeals to all the senses: artists from all over the world come to Northern Hesse for the international exhibition "bewegter wind" to show their wind art works at unique venues in nature. The starting signal has now been given for the 11th edition of the popular art festival: It will take place from 13 to 27 August 2023 in two extraordinary landscape settings near Wolfhagen near Kassel.