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Werkleitz Festival 2021
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18. 6. to 4. 7. 2021
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 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 (EMAP) initiated by Werkleitz. The festival 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.

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 (see illustration) 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. The Werkleitz Festival itself is also breaking new ground with a creative exhibition concept that ranges from studio visits to open-air performances to livestreams.

18. 06. 2021 to 04. 07. 2021
Blücherstr. 1
06122 Halle (Saale)

A vast array of works associated with the three thematic spheres will be presented in person and 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 and on-site exhibition will be held 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.

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.