3. Werkleitz Biennale 1998

Sub Fiction


Constructing Fiction and Reality - Today and Yesterday: subfiction

With the title subfiction the Werkleitz Biennale assesses contemporary issues in art and the so-called new media. The four day festival concentrates on the screening of film and video works, exhibitions and discussions which assess the fragmentation of collective forms of fictions via individual and subversive connotations of the real. In parallel the presentation of visual art pieces, performances, film and video screenings and Internet projects will complement the program. As a foil against one another, image media vs media imagery will be considered in their own (inherently filmic) light. As such the title subfiction will give way to a wide spectrum of experimental attempts within the environment of artistic imagery which consciensciously cross the traditional media based boundaries. It is within this dialectic of various intermingled networks that both the similarities as well as the differences within contemporary media begin to appear. This can lead to a wide range of societal constructions and personal fictions which through art can be both magnified and uncovered.

Guest curators invited by the Werkleitz Gesellschaft to compile the programs have thus chosen a particularly differentiated selection of works to reflect these dichotomies. The festival participant should be able to reconstruct individual fictive narratives gathered from among the varied and subjective perspectives projected by still or moving imagery, or even that of the exhibited static objects. A sense of artistic tension is intended in these proposed juxtapositions, in which the relationship between the works of known ?masters" will be presented alongside that of an up and coming generation of new artists.

subfiction is funded by the Culture Ministry of the State of Saxony-Anhalt (Government Directorate Halle); the Stiftung Kulturfonds, Berlin; the Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt and the Energieversorgung Magdeburg. We are also grateful for the support of the communities of Barby and Tornitz/Werkleitz.

Peter Zorn