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Werkleitz Festival 2021
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18. 6. to 12. 9. 2021
Werkleitz Festival 2021
Total Refusal (Susanna Flock, Adrian Jonas Haim, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner In cooperation with Jona Kleinlein), Red Redemption - A Brute Marxist Class Analysis, 2021
© Total Refusal
Katrin Hochschuh und Adam Donovan, Empathy Swarm, 2018
© Katrin Hochschuh und Adam Donovan
Katrin Hochschuh und Adam Donovan, Empathy Swarm, 2018
© Katrin Hochschuh und Adam Donovan
Mark Farid, Seeing I, 2020
© Mark Farid
Anna Dumitriu und Alex May, ArchaeaBot, 2018
© Vanessa Graf, Ars Electronica
Marco Barotti, Clams, 2019
© Marco Barotti
Anna Ridler, Myriad (Tulips), 2018
© Emily Grundon
Robertina Šebjanič und Gjino Šutič, aqua forensic, 2018
© Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutič
Karen Lancel und Herman Maat, Kissing Data Symphony, 2018
© Karen Lancel, Herman Maat

The Werkleitz Festival move to … sociosphere, ecosphere, bodydatasphere examines the question as to which new impulses art can provide for the societal, ecological and technological dynamics of the future in an age of global transformation.

A vast array of lectures, films and podcasts associated with the three thematic spheres will be presented online in conjunction with the conference and discourse programme new world dis/order. Organized together with the German Federal Cultural Foundation and supported by the ZEIT-Foundation, this event will examine the consequences of digitalization.

For three weekends in a row, well-known theorists, scientists and artists will discuss and reflect on current phenomena of our present and the near future. The programme is streamed from the former headquarters of the Ministry for State Security of the GDR in Halle (Saale) and accompanied by features and podcasts. From June 18, selected film productions by award-winning scholarship holders of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP) will be presented on the festival website, including: by Chloé Galibert-Laîné (FR), Kevin B. Lee (DE) and Total Refusal (AT).

The festival continues with an online exhibition part in September 2021:
EMAP Garden @ Ars Electronica 8-12 September

With the support of Creative Europe, 44 artists and artist collectives have been working over the last 4 years on the most urgent challenges of our time at the 11 institutions of the European Media Art Platform. They are exploring global warming, maritime pollution and water quality and creating artificial creatures as metaphors for post-human maritime life. They are investigating empathy and the swarm intelligence of robots and generating tulip patterns from Bitcoin exchange rates. They are fabricating subversive tools that citizens can use to protect themselves from digital surveillance and analyzing the logics of neoliberalism. Some of them are developing potential ways for our societies to function more justly. They all demonstrate and reflect a creative, unconventional approach to old and new technologies. 

A vast array of of lectures, films and podcasts associated with the three thematic spheres will be presented online:

18 June to 20 June
move to … sociosphere 
will focus on the social, societal, political and economic relations and structures of our globalized society.

25 June to 27 June
move to … ecosphere
ecological developments and challenges will take center stage.

2 July to 4 July
move to … bodydatasphere
deals with the datafication of the world and the collection of body data in particular.

The online conference and discourse programme new world dis/order is organized together with the German Federal Cultural Foundation and supported by the ZEIT-Foundation. The event will examine the consequences of digitalization.

The Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to … is part of the cultural year Halexa, siede Salz! Herkunft trifft Zukunft in Halle

Members of the European Media Art Platform alongside Werkleitz as the main organizer are:

Ars Electronica, Linz (AT), Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool (UK), IMPAKT, Utrecht (NL), antre peaux (ex. Bandits-Mages), Bourges(FR), LABoral, Guijon (ES), Kontejner, Zagreb (HR), WRO ART CENTER, Wroclaw (PL), RIXC, Riga, (LV), Onassis STEGI, Athens (GR), m-cult, Helsinki (FI)

Additional regional partners:

Silbersalz Festival, DOK Leipzig, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and the Salinemuseum Halle (Saale) e. V. and the Francke Foundations (co-directorship with Werkleitz for the cultural year Halexa, siede Salz! Herkunft trifft Zukunft in Halle).

In 2020  EMAP was proposed as a particularly innovative measure in the 3rd Austrian State Report on the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

EMAP Garden 08. 09. 2021 to 12. 09. 2021
sociosphere 18. 06. 2021 to 20. 06. 2021
ecosphere 25. 06. 2021 to 27. 06. 2021
bodydatasphere 02. 07. 2021 to 04. 07. 2021