lichtsicht – Projection Biennale is a forum for international projection art. Every second year at the beginning of autumn, the largest salina in Western Europe is transformed into a huge projection surface for this emerging art form.
The intense development of projector technology is currently driving artists away from museums. Architecture is becoming the image carrier: churches, façades and free-standing walls offer exciting new settings for projections.
The graduation walls in Bad Rothenfelde near Osnabrück – 10 to 13 metres in height and with a total breadth of 1048 metres – offer artists the rare opportunity to display several works of art of this kind at one single venue.
Ferrous and gypsum deposits and limescale of varying thicknesses on the stacked up blackthorn twigs and the fine saline water mist shrouding the wall create reflection effects, giving each projection a unique characteristic.
The central 412 metre wide projection surface enables large-scale images and moving projections to be cast continuously at the Biennale. This area will be advanced technically by autumn 2011. Here alone, a total of 48 synchronised high-performance projectors will be at the artists’ disposal.
These are ideal conditions for a forum of projection art that is also conveniently situated: over 3 million people live in the Münster – Osnabrück – Bielefeld region.
And the A1 / A30 interchange offers good connections to Amsterdam, Hannover and Berlin, as well as Hamburg, Cologne and Southern Germany.
The Heinrich W. Risken Foundation is the main sponsor of lichtsicht, which is organised in close cooperation with the municipality of Bad Rothenfelde. Since the launch of the Projection Biennale in 2007, it has been under the artistic direction of the former head of Documenta, Professor Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger. Paul Anczykowski, initiator of the Projection Biennale, is the project manager.
With over 150,000 visitors and international press response in 2009, lichtsicht has developed into a northern crowd puller.