The 10th Wind Art Festival will be
postponed to August 2021
140 applications from 26 countries
Art, nature and wind - the wind art festival "bewegter wind" offers this unique combination of experiences. Installations, wind art objects, videos and fascinating performances are staged in the northern Hessian landscape.
The anniversary exhibition on the subject of "change ?!" was planned for August 2020 in Hofgeismar and Liebenau in the Reinhardswald Nature Park.
"The development of the corona pandemic has been a source of concern to us for a long time", says curator Reta Reinl, "but we still had hopes that an outdoor event could take place in late summer". But until 31.8.2020, events with more than 100 people are prohibited in Hesse. How can you limit the number of visitors outdoors without too much expense? In 2018, an estimated 15,000 visitors were on their way to see the wind art.
"Change?!" - Climate change from the perspective of international artists*.
Announcement of the 10th International Art Competition "bewegter wind" 2020
Art meets nature: The wind art festival "bewegter wind", unique in Germany, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It will take place from August 16th to 30st, 2020 at outstanding scenic locations in the Reinhardswald Nature Park - in the heart of Germany near Kassel. Now curator Reta Reinl has announced the theme of the festival: "Change?! She explains: "Climate change contains threatening, but also forward-looking aspects. Is apocalypse in sight? Or can we expect a variety of possible solutions to shape the future? The climate is changing. Meteorologically, but also socially. We are looking for drafts and concepts that make this change tangible."
Windy welcome in Northern Hesse!
Whether a gentle breeze or a thundering storm, resting treetops or clouds chasing by - wind art is fleeting, can be experienced again and again and remains unfinished in a fascinating way. The wind art festival "bewegter wind" shows North Hesse's beauty from a new perspective: At changing locations - in front of forests, high altitudes, lakes or quarries - objects are created that make the wind visible and merge it with art.
Wind art objects, installations, wind videos and performances amaze visitors of all ages, guests and locals, art lovers and nature lovers. No visiting days is like the other, because in the "Outdoor Museum" is always blowing a new wind.
Thanks to the long-standing sponsors and energetic supporters, the festival, which is unique in Germany, is free of charge for visitors.
1st prize (shared): "Moving Square" by Jürgen Heinz
This became particularly clear in the work "Moving Square" by Jürgen Heinz. Two congruent frames that shift against each other at the slightest breeze show a section of reality. Or so one would think. But they can also be two pictures and thus two realities. Like two transparencies showing the same thing. Original and clone. One begins to mistrust one's perception ... What is convincing about this work, apart from its openness to association, is the feeling of irritation it creates, combined with the astonishment at how quickly one's "world view" can waver. The fact that the view through the frame forever changes the view of the landscape behind it is quite an experience.
1st prize (shared): "Moving border" by Kuesti Fraun
The video "Moving border" by Kuesti Fraun is irritating. A small piece of barrier tape, symbolising a border, changes its appearance again and again, driven by the wind. What was still snaking forms itself into something corporeal, disintegrates, overlaps, is trampled underfoot. What borders are there that are simply to be blown away? Or is it the way of all borders in the course of time? Current political situations appear before the mind's eye. The video conveys a feeling of powerlessness, of being at the mercy of others. Memories of (self-inflicted) change, the effects of which one has long since lost control over.
2nd prize: "2/ VAR 1/9" by Christine Kruse
Christine Kruse comes from a completely different angle with 2/ VAR 1/9, which presents us with change in a completely new way. With every step the viewer takes in front of the work, printed words overlap, transform into other terms. Change takes place "en passant". The idea of depicting change by means of language is not only extraordinary, but also just as vivid as language itself. Who has heard of "cyberhaft" or "social error"? The terms chosen by the artist are both new and old in successful relationships. In its openness to combination, the work makes us want more. Involuntarily, one finds oneself thinking of one's own terms, having fun with them and being fascinated by the changeability of languages.
3rd prize: "tabula rasa | in wandlungsfreiheit" by Constanze Schüttoff
Constanze Schüttoff's work "tabula rasa I in wandlungsfreiheit" evokes with simple means the complex process of pausing again and again to reconsider one's path. The highly challenging character of the work is not exhausted by moving the white paper sheets. Playfully, one makes decisions and begins to think about which path one wants to take, about choice and possibility, about what one might influence with one's (spontaneous) decisions. As you walk through, you not only change the work, but you may be writing a different future based on your past choices.
Special prize: "Floating Alive" by Jiefu Zhou
Even from a distance, two boats resting on long legs - or are they stilts? - on long legs - or are they stilts? Aligned in the direction of the flow of the Diemel. They could also be animals, creature-like objects that integrate themselves into the landscape as if it were a matter of course and yet stand out from it. The figures remain enigmatic, cannot be classified or pigeonholed. Despite their size, they seem fragile and vulnerable, have something delicate and awkward about them. Something "out of joint" like the time we live in. The sculptures "Floating Alive" by Jiefu Zhou occupy the mind that cannot find a solution. Are they boats or creatures, animals on stilts? And the woven rings hanging on the river, what do they have to do with it? In the mind it remains mobile. A good prerequisite for change to happen.
10th wind art festival "bewegter wind" 2021 – Change ?!
ow to make a selection, when all artists have already won by being juried into the 10th bewegter wind exhibition? The most important prize is certainly "to be seen" and to give voice to one's own view of the subject through one's work. This, it should be noted at this point, has been quite successful, because the number of visitors to the plein air art festival proves that the show has now made a name for itself.
The artistic positions testify to idiosyncratic perspectives, to surprising ideas, but also quite simply to craftsmanship. This not only provided us - the prize jury - with a basis for discussion, but also presented us with difficult decisions.
In a way, it was also a matter of "comparing apples with oranges", which, as we all know, is supposed to be almost impossible. So we had noted many good works on our slips of paper during the tour, all of which would have deserved a prize, and so we had to use parameters to make decisions.
One of these parameters for us was a good idea that plays with the theme of change?! but at the same time remains open enough to be able to change perspectives.
Many other works would also have deserved a prize in our eyes. Special mention goes to the cloud-like objects "For us all" by Geraldo Zamproni, the work "Prayer" by Dina Hillebrand, which asks the right questions with a light idea, and the work "Nine Names" by Markéta Váradiová, which convinced with its complexity.
The exhibition venues of the "bewegter wind 2020/21" wind art festival
Scan the QR code to download the exact coordinates directly to your mobile phone.
The exhibition grounds are well signposted. Parking spaces are designated. The routes to them are marked with blue ribbons.
Coordinates of the location
Coordinates of the location
From Hofgeismarer Straße (L3212) between Hümme and Hofgeismar. Navi address next to the car park: Schießbach 5 (private)
Sleeping Beauty town with half-timbered charm
Quiet corners of the old town, small alleyways, historic half-timbered buildings, modern shops, good restaurants and the beauty of the surrounding countryside lend Hofgeismar its special charm.
Whether it's a historical tour of the town, an enjoyable shopping trip, a relaxing stroll, a nature-based hike or cycle tour or fairytale entertainment - there's never a dull moment in Hofgeismar and its seven districts.
The famous fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty and her prince is present everywhere here. In summer, numerous roses in every conceivable colour adorn the town. And at Sababurg Castle you can experience the fairytale characters up close.
A visit to the pharmacy and town museum is also not to be missed. Hofgeismar is always worth a trip.
In the Sababurg district in the middle of the Reinhardswald forest lies the Sleeping Beauty Castle Sababurg. At the foot of the castle hill is the Sababurg Zoo and in the immediate vicinity the enchanted Sababurg primeval forest nature reserve with 800-1000 year-old oaks.
Coordinates of the location
Diemel plot on the Nösselweg
The most beautiful route from exhibition venue to exhibition venue
The video contributions to the 10th wind art festival "bewegter wind" will be shown in the Hofgeismar public library:
Stadtbücherei, Marktstraße 18, 34369 Hofgeismar.
You can also find the videos here on the site under:
From the Kramberg to the Diemelbrücke
You can find the complete route description under this link: dalang-wandern.de
Since 2004, we have been working on providing new art, wind and nature experiences in ever new places in Northern Hesse.
Thanks to our long-standing sponsors and active supporters, the festival, which is unique in Germany, is free of charge for visitors and offers the artists an excellent opportunity for presentation.