E.ON Special Award 2020


Festival of Lights Special Award at Charlottenburg Palace E.ON invites video artists on the theme “Together we shine”

Traditionally, the Festival of Lights and its presenter E.ON hold a competition to find the best video artists.

In 2018, 10 of the leading European video mapping artists were invited to prove their skills on the Berlin TV tower. Last year, 14 street art artists from 14 countries saw their specially crafted works on the theme of “freedom” shine on the Hotel de Rome.

This year, the festival team, together with E.ON, invited three winners of past Festival of Lights competitions to present their visions of this year’s motto on the imposing facade of Charlottenburg Palace. Three teams of artists from three countries will show their interpretation of cohesion, solidarity and unity. The chosen ones are: Tina Zimmermann from Berlin, Clockwork from Poland and MP Studio from Bulgaria.

Tina Zimmermann is one of the well-known artists in the field of video mapping in Germany, but also works interdisciplinary in art fields such as photography and painting and creates sculptures and installations. The Berlin-based artist holds a Master of Arts and in addition to her international exhibitions and projects, she has taught and given workshops in China, among other places. In 2017, she won the competition at the Bellevue Palace on the theme of democracy in the Festival of Lights Berlin. Combining digital architectural movements with real photography elements is her trademark. Clockwork is a team of artists from Poland that creates large-scale projections on building facades, but also spatial structures, furniture or even cars. 3D technology is their big hobbyhorse and they like challenges. Their style is holistically characterized by these 3D moments, with Clockwork creating a mysterious and dynamic atmosphere, accompanied by exciting music that captivates the visitor. They claimed victory at the World Championship of Projection Mapping 2019 at the Festival of Lights Berlin. MP Studio has its roots in Bulgaria, but the team around Marin Petkov is known worldwide for its impressive 3D video mappings. The multi-award winning mapping team has particularly perfected the combination of 3D elements and architectural staging to create entire stories that take the viewer on a journey and immerse them in another world. For good reason, they have been an integral part of the Festival of Lights in Berlin for years and have staged many of the capital’s landmarks and monuments. In 2018, they were the winners of the E.ON Special Award “Let’s create a better tomorrow” on the Berlin TV Tower.


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