The Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. is running the Center for Artistic Visual Media Saxony-Anhalt, provides the place of business for coordinating the Media Association Saxony-Anhalt and is concerned with technical matters in the field of production of the cultural public film funding of the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Alternating with ostranenie - The International Electronic Media Forum at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the Werkleitz Gesellschaft stages the Werkleitz Biennial.
The concept of the Werkleitz Biennial is that of a border crossing, international forum for media and art. Artists in the fields of Film, Video, Photography, Performance and Multimedia as well as classical fields of the Visual Arts like Painting and Sculpture get the opportunity to present their views on contemporary issues with their artistic work. The artistic engagement on the current development from the information to the communication society is playing a significant role.
After the 2. Werkleitz Biennial Cluster Images in 1996 with 70 participating artists from 15 countries, the
3. Werkleitz Biennial will take place in 1998 with the thematic
line of sub
In science, fiction is, as the most important methodic tool,
an assumption which is accompanied by the consciousness of its
incorrectness, yet may help to gain the correct perception.
Due to the rigoros fragmentation of the notion of reality, triggered
by the recently increasing mixing of fictional, scientific and
social constructions, it appears -also caused by the rapid technological
development of new media- , that the idea of fiction becomes less
and less homogenious to manage to capture the span of contemporary
The 3. Werkleitz Biennial intends to have different experts in the fields of Film, Video, Internet/CD-Rom, Visual Arts and Performance to give their opinion on which positions in the respective artistic field are current and important.
We are especially interested in the interaction of technology, art and society, in outlooks on the development of virtual media and the relation to our idea of reality, fiction, identity and culture.
In this context the following questions occur:
Approximately ten experts of different fields will each curate a programme or exhibition section with a selection of works which is important to them in that context.
These positions - which can be contrary and discursiv - will be
presented and discussed together. For this reason we were choosing
this open form and the line of questions, not believing, that
the function of curating can replace the artistic, but to present
these views as a spectrum which should supply information on the
current situation of sub
The event will take place on four days in Tornitz und Werkleitz.
Date: September 3rd to 6th 1998
Selected programmes and parts of the exhibition shall be presented before and after the event in Magdeburg, Dessau and Halle, the major towns in the state.
Further presentations in 1999 are planned within a touring programme.
A printed catalogue as well as an online version of the catalogue,
containing the documentation of the artistic works and a selection
of theoretical contributions, will be published for the 1998 Biennial
A group of about ten curators in the fields of Film, Video, Visual
Arts, New Media and Performance will be nominated by the Werkleitz
Gesellschaft. Considering the thematic questions described above,
each curator will be responsible for the respective programme,
inviting artists with their work for sub
Selections may include pieces of work of the classical static and time based Visual Media, Performance and New Media as well as border crossing artistic works. Suitable spaces and the respective technical equipment will be supplied for the presentation proposals of the curators.
A series of lectures and a special programme on thematically relevant features will complete the programme.
One of the unique aspects of the Biennial is the rural situation. The villages of Werkleitz and Tornitz, situated at the Saale river, make up the local framework. Space for venues can also be provided in the closeby towns of Barby and Calbe, if necessary.
Information on Werkleitz and Tornitz can be looked up on our website as well as on the webpages of sub
The following locations can be considered for the event at the moment and may be extended, if necessary:
1. Central meeting point, information point: Konsumgebäude Tornitz
2. Exhibition section and spaces for presentation: