The 10th Wind Art Festival will be
postponed to August 2021

„change?!“ Jury
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.

Exhibition Locations 2021