Frankfurt Fades

A project of Phillipp Geist

With his light art/video mapping installation at the Römer, Philipp Geist has developed a site-specific light installation focusing on the square and the buildings. Using video and large-screen projectors, Geist creates a walk-in installation, allowing visitors to enter an immersive space of light and thus integrating them within the artwork itself. Abstract, painted compositions are projected onto the Römer and the City Hall façade. Including the façade elements, which are precisely adapted, visitors are sent on a visual journey through time, through typographical compositions of terms and illustrations. Words and images on the sweeping significance of the Roman Empire on Frankfurt and German history are subtly captured and artistically integrated. The installation is accompanied by contemporary, ambient sounds.

By including the pre-Roman flooring in the artistic concept and using typographical floor projection, visitors are made to feel that they are standing in the projection itself and are thus a part the installation. The light-space-effect is intensified by artificial fog, which serves as a fleeting projection screen: words and terms are briefly visible on the walls of fog, only to disappear again in an instant. This intangible projection screen symbolizes thoughts, visions and inspirations, but is also a metaphor for time. Visitors were invited to submit various concepts in advance, which have been incorporated within the projections both on the façade and on the floor.  Visitors can also paint words and drawings on the square with chalk or crayons – a simple medium, which can be used by young and old alike. Yet it is also a transient medium that disappears with the rain.

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Picture: © Philipp Geist/ VG Bildkunst Bonn 2018


Light Art Outdoor

Frankfurt Fades

18.–23. März 2018, 19:00–23:00 Uhr


Römer, Römerberg 23, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

Das Projekt wird unterstützt von

ABG Frankfurt Holding

Stadt Frankfurt am Main


Messe Frankfurt


© Philipp Geist/ VG Bildkunst Bonn 2018

© Philipp Geist/ VG Bildkunst Bonn 2018

© Philipp Geist/ VG Bildkunst Bonn 2018

© Philipp Geist/ VG Bildkunst Bonn 2018