Expansive images on walls of blackthorn
27 September 2013 is the day we eagerly await: then the unique backdrop of the historic salt works in Bad Rothenfelde, Lower Saxony, will for the fourth time be transformed at nightfall into a theatre of projections. Over 50 bright projectors will display images onto graduation towers, around 11 m in height and one kilometre in length, comprising artificially stacked blackthorn branches. A thin veil of salt water trickles over their lime and ferric incrustations, the reflection lending the moving body of images a fascinating, iridescent character.
At previous biennales, lichtsicht 1 – 3, microworlds never seen before were illuminated on an oversized scale. Or projections explored the main local substance – salt – or the historic location of Teutoburg Forest. In 2011/12, lichtsicht 3 generated a rich programme of cosmic, historic and medially influenced, contemporary images.
lichtsicht 4 will address political themes, the financial crisis and the protection of the environment, whilst at the same time emphasizing the latest developments in media technology and artistic analyses. All told, lichtsicht 4 aims to be more contemporary, critical, polemic, even aggressive, if you like, and more diverse than its predecessors. Once again, the projections will extend into the park area, onto trees, waters and the spa (Kurmittelhaus).
This has now become a fixed feature in the North German cultural scene. In 2013, it will feature over 50 permanently installed or mobile high-performance projectors. Not only is it the largest event of its kind, its dimensions are also unique. Admission is free for all visitors.
In 2012 lichtsicht won a prize for its innovative exhibition concept and execution in the national competition “365 locations in the country of ideas” ("365 Orte im Land der Ideen"). The artistic director, as from the very start, is Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger, who has twice been responsible for the Documenta. Project manager is once again the film-maker and gallery owner Paul Anczykowski.
The lichtsicht – Projection Biennale is organised by the non-profit organisation lichtsicht gmbh in close cooperation with Bad Rothenfelde Town, and is funded primarily by the companies of the heristo group
General information, for example about guided tours, can be obtained from
Kur und Touristik GmbH Bad Rothenfelde
phone: +49 (0)5424-2218-0