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BYE BYE LICHTSTADT FELDKIRCH 2021

Four unforgettable evenings are behind us, thank you for your visit! We would like to thank our sponsors and partners who made the Light Art Festival in Vorarlberg possible!

Save the Date: Lichtstadt Feldkirch 2023 from October 4 – 7.
This year we are looking forward to Spotlight from October 6 – 22.

Program

SYNTHETIC ARCHITECTURE I

NEON GOLDEN

Lichtstadt Feldkirch Brückenjahr 2019 Neon Golden Circle

CIRCLE

NEON GOLDEN

Light and sound merge in “CIRCLE” into an intense audio-visual experience. Columns of light set in a circle light up in a choreographed interplay with a specially created sound arrangement. The viewer’s own body and the surrounding architectural space become integral parts of the installation. By composing all the elements, the artist collective NEON GOLDEN creates a spatial perception of immaterial media.

PORTAL

NEON GOLDEN

recover

Brigitte Kowanz

For her new work “recover”, Brigitte Kowanz transfers the individual letters of the word into reflective ribbons of different widths, which loop around the trees on Raiffeisenplatz. To convert the letters, Kowanz relies on a type of linguistic transmission that revolutionized human communication around 1840 with short and long tactile, acoustic or visual signals: Morse code. This type of linguistic coding and decoding is considered a forerunner and pioneer of our digital communication. “Recover” is brought to life when the visitors with headlamps first make the Morse code visible through reflection.

Infinity Steps

Brigitte Kowanz

For more than three decades, the Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz has been developing her own sculptural language of forms in her multimedia works, which is not afraid to challenge the world of concrete properties through the immateriality of light. Her “Infinity Steps” create their own universe in seemingly endless repetition. In the 60 x 60 x 60 cm large glazed cube, reflective surfaces and neon writing are coordinated in such a way that the beginning and the end, the object and the image seem to be permanently detached. The perfect play with the reflection multiplies the physical space and translates it into virtual scenes that are recreated depending on the perspective.

“… geraume Zeit…”

Annette Philp & Herbert Willi

Arkestra of Light – Correspond in Pattern

OchoReSotto

Spielzeit: Täglich von 19 bis 12 Uhr.

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Sinus 1.0 Classic Edition

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Cubed Dream

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The central Marktgasse in Feldkirch’s old town is transformed by Jan Raphael Knieza’s Swiss artist collective artificialOwl. The immersive interplay of light, fog and sound extends from the walk-in five-metre-high cube into the height of the medieval lane. In the fleetingness of the moment we experience the transformation of our concrete reality into a dreamlike transience of mystical beauty.

Peter Kogler

Peter Kogler

GIANT DUNDU

DUNDU

DUNDU, the giant of light, will pay a visit to Feldkirch’s old town on his journey around the globe. Surrounded by the sound world of the kora, an ancient West African harp used to accompany story-telling, he crouches his gigantic figure through the medieval passageways and marvels with us at the projects on the Lichtstadt tour. The world’s largest freely manipulable doll is brought to life in perfect coordination with its five players through seemingly human movements. The glowing, gentle giant takes us on a fairy-tale journey. Join us and be surprised!

Lichtstadt Feldkirch Besuchen Festival

Parasite

David Reumüller

David Reumüller’s new installation “Parasite” celebrates its premiere in Feldkirch.

The Austrian artist lays bare the most varied forms of individual reality and physical transformation by interlacing two spaces. The concrete architecture of the intertwined found wood nestles parasitically against the façade and forms the sketchy framework for the digital level. The 5 x 8 m screen shows an infinitely continued pattern, which is first brought to life, exposed and interpreted when the viewers enter the picture. Their own shadows create virtual alter egos, which amidst the current drive for improvised image cultivation and self-optimization has the effect of creating a metaphorical identity.

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Sinus 1.0 Classic Edition

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Encounters need space and time, opportunity and respect, interest and communication. Encounter is fundamental for human existence and its development or joint management of crises. In times of limited opportunities for encounters, which are more or less well converted into a different form of meeting through digital interfaces, the hunger for real shared experience increases steadily. The Swiss collective artificialOwl edited structures and moments of human encounters and communication in their installations. Her new work “Sinus 1.0 Classsic Edition” was created in 2021 especially for the Feldkircher Churer Tor in collaboration with the internationally renowned Vorarlberg composer Herbert Willi.

“Composition has to do with trust. In the silence and lack of intention to allow the sounds belongs to the most beautiful thing I can imagine.”
– Herbert Willi

The projection of a sine wave is caught by artificial fog and appears to acquire a momentary physical presence. What is created is a space of dialogue, filled with fantastic, ephemeral structures, created through a poetic synthesis of projection, timeless music and our communal experience. The holistic immersion in this strange world enables a temporary release from one’s own present.

“… geraume Zeit…”

Annette Philp & Herbert Willi

The German artist Annette Philp and the internationally renowned Vorarlberg composer Herbert Willi are working together for the first time on their film work. The combination of Willis’ eponymous composition “…geraume Zeit…” from his cycle “Montafon” and Philp’s concentrated, documentary camera view of extreme landscape situations creates a connection of special power and beauty. Willi’s orchestral composition is divided into four parts. In the film, they correspond to four points of view: the glacier, crude oil, natural resources, and nuclear power. It begins with the grandeur and beauty of the mountains, accompanied by the sound of flutes. This is followed by images of industrial landscapes whose usefulness has come to an end. Behind it, however, the sound of the future can already be heard – delicate, fragmented.

“Something is no more and something is not yet.”
Herbert Willi and Annette Philp on the subject of their film.

The film will be shown in cooperation between the Lichtstadt Feldkirch and the RIO cinema.

SYNTHETIC ARCHITECTURE I

NEON GOLDEN

Portals, circles and towers – in their light installations, the Vienna-based artist collective NEON GOLDEN repeatedly deals with the fundamentals of human cultural production, building and construction. For them, however, it is not about creating a new one, but about the question of the potential in something that already exists, about the power of imagination and the power of transformation using light and sound.

The Palais Liechtenstein in the heart of Feldkirch’s old town is a 17th century building with an eventful history. Until the city acquired the palace in 1967, it was used as a Liechtenstein office building, brewery, inn, spinning mill and residential building. Today it houses impressive exhibition rooms and the city library. In their new, site-specific installation, NEON GOLDEN work with the structuring of the baroque facade through the rows of windows. Each window is filled with an LED tube. The choreography of the light is intertwined with the special sound of an analog synthesizer that was created especially for the installation. The interplay of architecture, light and sound produces an immersive, intense and exciting space of experience that creates a perceptual transformation

recover

Brigitte Kowanz

For her new work “recover”, Brigitte Kowanz transfers the individual letters of the word into reflective ribbons of different widths, which loop around the trees on Raiffeisenplatz. To convert the letters, Kowanz relies on a type of linguistic transmission that revolutionized human communication around 1840 with short and long tactile, acoustic or visual signals: Morse code. This type of linguistic coding and decoding is considered a forerunner and pioneer of our digital communication. “Recover” is brought to life when the visitors with headlamps first make the Morse code visible through reflection.

Arkestra of Light – Correspond in Pattern

OchoReSotto

The Graz-based artist group OchoReSotto is internationally known for strikingly choreographed multimedia installations. Intensive occupation with the location, the existing structures and architectures gives them a keen sense of undiscovered or invisible potential, which they translate into a language of light with the help of skilful projection technology, ranging from analogue to digital, from film to mapping. From abstract image inventions to figural narrative moments, each of their installations is as unique as the places where they are created. For Lichtstadt Feldkirch 2021, OchoReSotto is developing a new extensive work for the Neustadt, Alte Dogana and Schattenburg.

Infinity Steps

Brigitte Kowanz

For more than three decades, the Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz has been developing her own sculptural language of forms in her multimedia works, which is not afraid to challenge the world of concrete properties through the immateriality of light. Her “Infinity Steps” create their own universe in seemingly endless repetition. In the 60 x 60 x 60 cm large glazed cube, reflective surfaces and neon writing are coordinated in such a way that the beginning and the end, the object and the image seem to be permanently detached. The perfect play with the reflection multiplies the physical space and translates it into virtual scenes that are recreated depending on the perspective.

Lichtstadt Feldkirch Besuchen Festival

Parasite

David Reumüller

David Reumüller’s new installation “Parasite” celebrates its premiere in Feldkirch.

The Austrian artist lays bare the most varied forms of individual reality and physical transformation by interlacing two spaces. The concrete architecture of the intertwined found wood nestles parasitically against the façade and forms the sketchy framework for the digital level. The 5 x 8 m screen shows an infinitely continued pattern, which is first brought to life, exposed and interpreted when the viewers enter the picture. Their own shadows create virtual alter egos, which amidst the current drive for improvised image cultivation and self-optimization has the effect of creating a metaphorical identity.

Lichtstadt Feldkirch Festival2021 Artificial Owl Cubed Dream

Cubed Dream

artificalOwl

The central Marktgasse in Feldkirch’s old town is transformed by Jan Raphael Knieza’s Swiss artist collective artificialOwl. The immersive interplay of light, fog and sound extends from the walk-in five-metre-high cube into the height of the medieval lane. In the fleetingness of the moment we experience the transformation of our concrete reality into a dreamlike transience of mystical beauty.

Lichtstadt Feldkirch Brückenjahr 2019 Neon Golden Circle

CIRCLE

NEON GOLDEN

Light and sound merge in “CIRCLE” into an intense audio-visual experience. Columns of light set in a circle light up in a choreographed interplay with a specially created sound arrangement. The viewer’s own body and the surrounding architectural space become integral parts of the installation. By composing all the elements, the artist collective NEON GOLDEN creates a spatial perception of immaterial media.

PORTAL

NEON GOLDEN

An almost five-metres high “PORTAL” leads to another sphere. To enter physically is not only impossible but also unnecessary. The immersive effect is able to replace your own present with another, digital reality. The Austrian artist collective NEON GOLDEN develops this abstract dimensional leap in a finely choreographed, fascinating and overwhelming interplay of light effects and sound so as to send our senses on a journey into a new world of seeing and feeling.

GIANT DUNDU

DUNDU

DUNDU, the giant of light, will pay a visit to Feldkirch’s old town on his journey around the globe. Surrounded by the sound world of the kora, an ancient West African harp used to accompany story-telling, he crouches his gigantic figure through the medieval passageways and marvels with us at the projects on the Lichtstadt tour. The world’s largest freely manipulable doll is brought to life in perfect coordination with its five players through seemingly human movements. The glowing, gentle giant takes us on a fairy-tale journey. Join us and be surprised!

Peter Kogler

Peter Kogler

The Austrian media artist Peter Kogler has the interior of the Johanniterkirche fall apart before our eyes. A black and white geometric pattern is mapped onto the building. In interaction with the sound developed by Franz Pomassl, the computer-animated projection shows amorphous visual worlds and creates a labyrinthine, dynamically changing and self-reconstructing space.

PROJECTS UND PLACES 2021

Visit

6. – 9. October 2021

7 – 12 pm

Admission free, barrier-free

Opening: 6 October 2021, 7.30 pm

Alte Dogana (Neustadt 37, Feldkirch)

Lichtstadt Feldkirch Impressionen Festival 2018

6. – 9. October 2021

7 – 12 pm

Admission free, barrier-free

Opening: 6 October 2021, 7.30 pm

Alte Dogana (Neustadt 37, Feldkirch)

Getting there

Owing to the very limited parking space, we recommend a stress-free journey by bus and train.

Find your connection here and walk within a few minutes from the train station to Feldkirch’s old town.