The upcoming Werkleitz Festival examines the current image production in rural areas as an example.

9. 5. to 24. 5. 2020
Werkleitz Festival 2019

The 2019 Werkleitz Festival takes an in-depth look at the legacy of Bauhaus from the perspective of contemporary productions, as inspired by the interrelated tensions between the concepts of model and ruin. Criticism of Bauhaus is legion.

25. 5. to 10. 6. 2019

In the background of blockbuster films, algorithms have replaced human extras in postproduction. By now we are used to automated masses filling the screen, animated by algorithms that let them interact, similar to computer games and agents in computational sociology.

1. 12. to 31. 12. 2020 2019
European Media Art Platform (EMAP)
Presentation by Marcie Jost and Peter Zorn at the Kyberteatro Festival in Cagliari

On December 6, starting at 10:30, Peter Zorn and Marie Jost present the European Media Art Platform as part of the Kyberteatro Festival in Cagliari. Applications for the current call for applications of the European Media Art Platform can be submitted until 12:00 (CET) on December 9 via call.

Image: Marco Barotti, Clams © Marco Barotti 2019

Supported Artist
Susann Maria Hempel: Preisträgerin HAP Grieshaber-Preis

Werkleitz Supported artist Susann Maria Hempel was awarded with the »HAP Grieshaber Prize of the VG Bild-Kunst« 2019. On Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 19:00 Susann Maria Hempels will open her solo exhibition Besessenheitsmedien in the Deutscher Künstlerbund in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Picture: Sieben Mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen, 2014 © Susann Maria Hempel, 2019

European Media Art Platform (EMAP)
Joana Moll @Disruption Newtwork Lab

EMAP scholar Joana Moll will talk about her new work The Hidden Life of an Amazon User, created at her residency at IMPAKT in Utrecht (NL), at the upcoming Disruption Network Lab with the theme Activation on November 30 2019 in Berlin.

A38 Stipendium
A38 scholar 2019

This year’s A38 Production Scholarship Kassel Halle goes to Ben Voit for his movie Night About Kepler 452b. Congratulations.

The winner of this year’s A38 production grand captivates the viewer with atmospherically dense and aesthetically impressive images depicting his haunting theme. This may sound hackneyed, but it is more than true for the winner. A Winter Bus drives through a nameless city, alarmed by calls from passers-by. In some moments the viewer is very close to the volunteers and in other moments in respectful distance to the homeless. This is how “Night over Kepler 452b” runs - according to a radio report in the film, the most life-friendly exoplanet of our galaxy. We congratulate Ben Voit on his A38 production grand.

The scholarship is funded by the LPR Hessen (Hessian State Office for Private Broadcasting and New Media) and the Media Authority of Saxony-Anhalt with up to 3,000 euros in maintenance and max. 1,000 Euro travel costs included and will be awarded together with Werkleitz - Center for Media Art, which provides benefits in kind of up to 4,000 Euros (in the form of equipment as well as technical and personal advice).

EMARE scholar awarded with prize
Blue Boy by Manuel Abramovich receives the German Short Film Award

EMARE scholar Manuel Abramovich  was honored with the golden Lola in the category Best Documentary Film, lasting up to 30 minutes for his film Blue Boy (DE, 2019) produced with EMARE and Werkleitz. In Blue Boy seven Romanian talk about their job while the audience only sees their faces and listen to the audio recordings of their own stories together with the audience.

Supported Artists
UMBRA wins the WDR Film Award of the Cologne Short Film Festival 2019

UMBRA (DE, 2019), supported by Werkleitz and produced by Rosenpictures by supported artists and graduates of the Professional Media Master Class Johannes Krell and Florian Fischer was awarded with the WDR Film Prize of the Cologne Short Film Festival 2019. UMBRA already received in 2019 the Golden Bear of the Berlinale Shorts. Congratulations.

Haseeb Ahmed, Wind Avatar, Installationsansicht, Theatre de Liege 2019
© Haseeb Ahmed
Wind Avatar by Haseeb Ahmed at Théâtre de Liège

Haseeb Ahmed, artist of this year’s Werkleitz Festival 2019 Model and Ruin in Dessau presents his work Wind Avatar at Théâtre de Liège, Belgium as part of the Impact Festival. The exhibition is on view until January 4, 2020. Wind Avatar is part of a trilogy on which Haseeb Ahmed works. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Béatrice de Gelder from the Brain and Emotion Laboratory at the University of Maastricht, Wind Avatar creates a direct link between expressive body movement patterns and wind turbulence patterns. It allows us to literally inhabit the wind and its unbridled freedom. A wind tunnel system developed with the Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Belgium) personifies the wind and allows its expressions to be controlled. 

Image: Haseeb Ahmed, Wind Avatar, installation view Théâtre de Liège 2019 © Haseeb Ahmed

Sandmädchen at unicato

The production Sandmädchen (DE, 2017) by Mark Michel, supported by Werkleitz, will be presented in excerpts on 13 November 2019 from 00:20 as part of Filmkultur INKLUSIVe at unicato on MDR television. The Leipzig filmmaker takes the audience into the world of experiences and experiences of the disabled, autistic author Veronika Raila, who is also co-director of the film. unicato meets the filmmaker and shows excerpts from the film.

European Media Art Platform (EMAP)
Network Effects in Helsinki

Network Effects takes place from November 17 until December 1 in the framework of the Europena Media Art Platform is an international exhibition confronting the political, ecological and psychological effects of today’s online world. The exhibited projects investigate the online landscape of propaganda, profiling and cyberwars, and make visible the algorithmic manipulation of our experience and environment. Combining tools of research, activism and technology, the artists of Network Effects expose and disrupt the dystopic logics of the online environment. While doing so, they also encourage us to confront its mechanisms by opening up new pathways for agency and citizenship. The exhibition venue is Oodi, Helsinki’s award-winning new central library. With its nearly 10.000 daily visitors and popular citizens’ co-working spaces, Oodi is a perfect place to discuss the future of online public spaces.

The exhibition is produced by m-cult within the European Media Art Platform EMAP, with support by Creative Europe programme, City of Helsinki, TAIKE Arts Promotion Centre and AVEK.


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