Karlsruhe | August 5 through September 13, 2020

SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe Digitale Edition 2020


The Karlsruhe SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will take place again this year – but in a completely different format than in the previous five years. Opening night on 5 August will be a double world premier: visitors can look forward to a new show from an internationally renowned video artist and be witness to the world’s first ever web projection mapping.

A new piece will be played for the remote virtual opening, while the remaining dates of the 2020 SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will be a “best of” programme, featuring a selection of the best pieces from previous years. You can also remotely control these productions from where you are. In this way, you will still be able to participate live in the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE, but from your own home. The 2020 SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE productions will be home games!

As soon as large gatherings are allowed again without worry, and of course with the appropriate cautionary measures, the Karlsruhe SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will return from the virtual world to the material world and be open to the public to experience.



to be announced soon

Shows SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Digitale Edition 2020


»Attitude Indicator« (2020)

The Nightlab (TNL) has been creating projection mappings since 1999 and is a pioneer of the genre. Since then, they have created more than 800 projects all over the world. TNL itself continuously develops new technical methods, such as real-time motion detection or visual effects. The Bielefeld-based company developed their new show Attitude Indicator specially for this year's Schlosslichtspiele, which means that we will experience its world premiere. In eight scenes, we gaze upon two possible planets Earth: a dead one on the left and a living one on the right, as if we're at a fork in the road and have to decide the direction to take. Fire and water, industry and nature, decay and growth confront one another, their values ​​in an ever-faster race for the final decision. What will the end look like?

TNL on web:

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»Changes³« (2020)

During the corona pandemic, we've experienced what change can mean - a standstill. Yet change has many dynamic dimensions - many more than three. Change is also an opportunity, a voucher for the future. We just have to redeem it. Change can mean that we, ourselves, have the power to change the world. The sounds of Rüstungsschmiede's new work draw us into a tunnel and tumult of perception that don't only effectively change the castle façade, but also show how change and its effects are brought about by people who take their futures into their own hands. One such possible future: Europe.

Ruestungsschmie.de on web:

Offizielle Webseite


Global Illumination

»The Object of the Mind« (2018)

The Hungarian artist collective Global Illumination has been creating short films, animations, stage sets, and VJ appearances for outdoor festivals like the O.Z.O.R.A. festival in Hungary and the Psytrance festival "Boom" in Portugal since the 1990s. In their show The Object of the Mind, Global Illumination depict the evolution of human technologies: from analogue machines and punch cards through 8-bit processors and PCs to artificial neural networks. The Object of the Mind tells a fascinating story of the incredible rise of devices, machines, and codes as human assistants.

Global Illumination on web:




»300 Fragments« (2015)

Maxin10sity are counted among the most renowned projection mapping experts. They have thrilled the Karlsruhe audience for five years in a row. 300 Fragments was created to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Karlsruhe and entertained hundreds of thousands of spectators in 2015 and 2016, after which they became a fixture at the Schlosslichtspiele Karlsruhe. The artist collective Maxin10sity takes a journey through time through the history of the city. The past, present, and future of Karlsruhe are presented to us in impressive imagery, complemented by a mind-blowing sound composition: the castle goes up in flames and melts, transforms into a library or a Benz automobile, tells the story of the founding of the city and the plans that Viscount Karl Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach had for it. At the end, the castle collapses into millions of pixels, until the projection finally dissolves into a data stream.

Maxin10sity on web:

Offizielle Webseite




László Zsolt Bordos / Bordos.ArtWorks

»REVERB« (2015)

László Zsolt Bordos is a pioneer of the genre: He started out as a VJ for 3D animations and now collaborates on gigantic façade projections. László Zsolt Bordos’ first REVERB show for the 2015 SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2015 invited us to dive into a world of hypnotic sound and image. In REVERB, regular linear patterns suddenly break open and become complex interwoven structures. The strict geometry increasingly merges into flowing formations. The geometric shapes respond to the impressive soundtrack as it creates a hypnotic musical landscape.

László Zsolt Bordos / Bordos.ArtWorks on web:

Offizielle Webseite



DSG animation + vfx

»Defilee zum 100. Geburtstag der Avantgarde« (2016)

On the 100th birthday of avant-garde, iconic avant-garde works from the fields of painting, photography, and film parade across the Karlsruhe castle façade in an elaborate projection. Defilee - a festive parade - starts with the gathering of monarchs in St Petersburg in 1913 and ends with André Courrèges' and Paco Rabanne's models in 1967 in Paris. Political and artistic revolutions of the 20th century sweep across the castle façade.

DSG animation + vfx on web:

Offizielle Webseite


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