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Werkleitz Festival 2021
The Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to … sociosphere, ecosphere, bodydatasphere presents online and in the former Stasi headquarters in Halle (Saale) new media art productions from the international fellowship program of the European Media Art Platform (
18. 6. to 4. 7. 2021
Re-enacting the Future is a video essay that pieces together a montage of historical re-enactments from early cinema through to recent years, many of which touch on nationalist themes.
1. 4. to 30. 4. 2021
The 2020 Werkleitz Festival explores contemporary image production in rural regions based on the example of Mansfeld Land. The model project invites artists and researchers to work together with actors from the region to bring together external observations with self-perceptions.
23. 10. to 25. 10. 2020
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Themenjahre Halle
Eröffnung kulturelles Themenjahr: Halexa, siede Salz!

We cordially invite you to the festive opening of the cultural theme year 2021 “Halexa, siede Salz!” Origin meets future in Halle (Saale), on April 18, 2021, at 11:30 am, virtually in the Freylinghausen Hall of the Francke Foundations. The event will be broadcast on the Youtube channel of the theme years Halle. After a greeting by Dr. Judith Marquardt, the directors of the theme year 2021 (Werkleitz, Franckesche Foundations, the Hallesches Salinemuseum e. V.) and the renowned sociologist and publicist Professor Dr. Heinz Bude will speak about this year’s topics: Origin and future.

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uh513 at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona

uh513 (Maria Castellanos and Alberto Valverde) will present their work Beyond Human Perception in the group exhibition Ecoss, Ecosystems of the Unexpected at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona till May 18. They completed their  EMAP fellowship in 2020 at Kontejner in Zagreb and will show the documentation of their current work at this years Werkleitz Festival.

picture: uh513, Beyond Human Perception, Installation view: Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona 2021 © Maria Castellanos 

 



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She Works Hard in Berlin

She Works Hard (DE, 2016) by PMMC graduate Kathrin Lemcke will be shown in the group exhibition The End of the Fucking Work at Galerie im Turm in Berlin, starting April 12.

Abb: Filmstill from She Works Hard by Kathrin Lemcke 

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Re-enacting the Future
Kevin B. Lee, Chloé Galibert-Laîné
(DE/FR 2019)
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Werkleitz Festival 2021
Mitarbeit Presse (m/w/d) gesucht

Gesucht wird eine Mitarbeiterin / ein Mitarbeiter für die Pressearbeit für das diesjährige Werkleitz Festival (18. Juni bis 4. Juli in Halle). Insbesondere für das Verfassen von Pressemitteilungen und Kurztexten in deutscher und englischer Sprache sowie zur weiteren Pressearbeit (u. a. Zusammenstellen von Material, Kommunikation mit Medienvertretern / follow-up etc.). Der Arbeitszeitraum umfasst knapp 3 Monate – voraussichtlich 19. April bis 11. Juli 2021. Mehr Informationen zum Zeitraum, den Anforderungen und Aufgaben in der Stellenbeschreibung.

Abb: Anna Ridler, Mosaic Virus, © Anna Ridler

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Internationale Premiere und Screening

The film Terms and Conditions (DE, 2020) by Amelie Befeldt, will celebrate its international premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto on April 29th. In addition, the production runs in the regional competition of the 33rd Film Festival in Dresden, which takes place from July 13th to 18th. The Film is supported by Werkleitz as part of the project funding. 

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Jonas Matauschek erhält Kompagnon-Förderpreis

Congratulations to PMMC Alumni Jonas Matauschek for receiving the Kompagnon-Fellowship by Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents for the development of the documentary film Once we were pitmen.

picture: Filmstill from Once we were pitman © Jonas Matauschek, Christian Johannes Koch

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Total Refusal
© Portrait: N. Lackner
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Total Refusal at HeK Basel

Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf), this year’s EMAP artists in residence at Werkleitz, currently present their work Operation Jane Walk in the exhibition Shaping the Invisible World at HeK - House of Electronic Arts Basel until May 23, 2021. From June 18 to July 4, the collective will show their newly produced work Money is a Form of Speech at the Werkleitz Festival 2021 in Halle (Saale).

Picture: Total Refusal © Portrait: N. Lackner

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Sandmädchen by Mark Michel at MDR Unicato

unicato - Junger Film im MDR gives an insight into the accessibility of the German-speaking film culture. Markus Kavka meets the Leipzig based filmmaker, Mark Michel, to talk about his film Sandmädchen (DE, 2017), which will be shown in full length. The production was supported by Werkleitz as part of the project funding.

“Filmkultur INCLUSIVE” can be seen online in the ARD media library and on March 17/18, 12:25 a. m. on MDR.

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Marco Barotti, Clams, 2019
© Marco Barotti
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Marco Barotti at And& Festival and arte Tracks

Marco Barotti (DE/IT), artist of this year’s Werkleitz Festival in Halle (Saale) and scholarship holder of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), will present his work Clams from April 21st to 25th, 2021 at the And & Festival in Leuven (BE). He and his work are currently being presented at arte Tracks.

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Margherita Pevere, Wombs, Installationsansicht, Kontejner 2019
© Sanjin Kaštelan
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Margherita Pevere presents her research

Margherita Pevere (IT), scholarship holder of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP) and artist of this year’s Werkleitz Festival in Halle (Saale), will present her research on March 10th from 11:00 (CET) at the online conference Being one and many. Faces of the Human in the 21st Century. The conference will take place from March 9th to 10th at the medical university in Łódź (PL) and will be broadcast via live stream.

photo: Margherita Pevere, Wombs, installation view, Kontejner 2019 © Sanjin Kaštelan

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Seeing I: The Other von Mark Farid

Mark Farid, scholarship holder of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP) at werkleitz, presents a preview of the Werkleitz Festival 2021, which will take place in Halle from June 18 to July 4. The third protagonist of Seeing I: The Other will be screened on werkleitz.de on March 4, starting at 12:00 a. m. (CET) Farid’s work shows the everyday life of Graham who lives in Brixon, South London in ‘sheltered accommodation’ for the last 9 months and is unable to work legally. The recording from the first-person perspective and in a 360 degree view portraits him for a day and allows the viewer to fully immerse himself into the life of the other person. A part of Seeing I: The Other will be presented during the Werkleitz Festival 2021. The project is a research arm of Seeing I (2021) in which Mark Farid will live in virtual reality 24 hours a day, for two weeks, and immerse himself in the life of the other. The next protagonist will be screened soon on werkleitz. de.

Filmstill: Seeing I: The Other, Mark Farid © Mark Farid

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Support of the transmediale

We supported this year’s transmediale for refusal with the documentation of its exhibition Rendering Refusal with the 5.9K full-frame Canon C500 MarkII cine camera from our equipment rental. Here you can get an insight into the works in the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and in the silent green.

Abb: Sofia Caesar, Workation, 2019, Video Installation – Photo by Luca Girardini, CC NC-SA 4.0