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5th - 9th 2000 in Werkleitz, Tornitz and Barby

The 4. Werkleitz Biennale - situated between Magdeburg and Halle, the biggest art and media festival in Germany's new "Bundesländer" - presents a wide range of international contributions from the fields of film/video, performance art, visual arts and internet. Six curators working in the various disciplines have invited more than 80 artists from 17 different countries to participate. Under the title real[work], the topic of this year's Biennale is the ongoing discussion about changing notions of work and their implication in transforming social values. Set against the background of a rural area with one of the highest rates of unemployment in Germany, the Biennale addresses questions which are being widely discussed on both a regional and international level. The field of tension span by the artistic projects presented includes the reflection of contemporary and future concepts of work as well as the immediate shaping of social structures. Attention is focused on current shifts within a society grounded on a work ethic and the discussion of its limitations and opportunities. Which perspectives for the future can be developed for a society for whom work in the classical sense is running short? Which possibilities of social integration emerge beyond the model of the wage-earner? The 4. Werkleitz Biennale combines the realisation of site-specific projects with the presentation of existing works, an extensive film and performance art programme and lectures and parties in a rural situation.

Visual Arts

Curators: Corinna Koch (Hamburg) and Christiane Mennicke (Berlin)

Artists and artist groups with very different approaches have been invited to develop new projects for real[work] and to place existing works in a new context. Different focuses have been defined in the process, such as the importance of communication and production, the definition of work in everyday situations and in cultural history, the traditional contrast of work and leisure time, the inflation of advertisment aesthetics and marketing activities, and the field of tension which exists between economic autonomy and dependency in the global context. The temporary installation by the documenta X participant Adam Page and Eva Hertzsch for instance raises questions about the place where work can be potentially undertaken and about the creation of an image of work. A simple family house in Werkleitz will be transformed by the addition of a high-tech plastic facade, giving it the appearance of an opulent business premises. The Hamburg artist Nana Petzet is presenting unique self-made products which were created in the village in the East German period and are being compiled by members of the local community for an extensive exhibition of technology. During a workshop, she will also present her concept of recycling, by which one-way packaging material is to be turned into decorative handmade objects for daily use. The former economic relationship between East Germany and Cuba is the starting point for Christoph Schäfer's project 'Kuh-Handel' (literally translated as 'cow-trading'; with its association to 'horse-trading'), in which dairy cows are to be painted with quotes from the French philosopher Guy Debord and maps for a walk in the meadow.

Film/Video:

Curators: Marcel Schwierin (Berlin), Florian Wüst (Rotterdam)

The selection of the films for real[work] is not limited exclusively to artistic experimental film and video art but also includes documentary approaches to the topic. Films and videos which specifically provide a new view on the complex relationship of the notion of work and its realities will be presented. The compilation, titles and descriptions of the eight film programmes consciously choose a provocative form to interrupt a transfixed public debate.

The programme leisure [work] is concerned with the latent shifting of the relationship between work and leisure time. In gender [work] contributions are presented which look into the constant reconstruction of gender differences in everyday relationships at work and the resulting discrimination of women.

heroic [work] is an ironic review of the ideologic deformation of collective work in the former Soviet Union. Further programmes such as needless [work], corporate [work], my [work] and [work] of violence complete the spectrum of potential concepts of work. global [work] is the keyword for Michel Moore's prize winning film Roger & Me. This documentary was produced by Warner Brothers in 1989 and describes the decline of the American town of Flint in Michigan, after General Motors transferred their main plant to Mexico. Michel Moore is among the most important representatives of North American documentary film and is expected to be at the discussion personally.

Internet:

Curator: Benjamin Heidersberger (Hannover)

The internet is the turbo of the age of information and communication. Global networking certainly makes production more efficient, but at the same time traditional work is running short. Set against this background, the internet section of the 4. Werkleitz Biennale focuses on different objectives showing how the internet changes concepts of work. How does it improve living situations? Can it play a positive part in the transformation of society or is it only a benefit for the few and a curse for the majority? Beside five explicitely artistic projects selected from the real[work] call for net art, several practical and in part commercial projects will be presented, which appear as significant to the redefinition of the notion of work.

The commercialisation of private life via webcam surveillance is the focus of www.frauenwg.de (a female flat share), an area which has gained huge popularity in television through series like "Big Brother". The Freenet project presented by Ian Clarke is concerned with the free and unrestricted exchange of information on the internet, describing a world without copyright.

Performance Art

Curator: Ray Langenbach (Kuala Lumpur)

The artists in the performance component of real[work] come to Werkleitz carrying various cultural and

economic frames, points of agency and mise en scene. Their work derives from diverse socio-political and cultural economies, on both sides of the colonial era divide - a divide that still largely defines global economic relations. While the curatorial premise for the performance component of real[work] is the performance of unalienated labour, a subtext of the performance of realwork is the performance of ethics.

There will be the work-in-progress performance by Mike Hentz on the topic and with the title of "Schwarzarbeit" (Schwarzarbeit is a euphemism for undeclared black work, unofficial work or the functioning of the black economy). Indonesian artist Arahmaiani focuses on the impact of global

nationalism and local militarism and her performances fold into ethical dilemmas surrounding the complicity of spectatorship.

Together with Dr. Gerd Harms, the Minister of Culture for Saxony-Anhalt, artists, theorists and curators will discuss impulses in the cultural sector which lead to a new definition and an extension of concepts.of work. The discussion under the title of "Culture work - a model for the future?" will take place at 5.30 pm on the 6th of July.

Main Sponsors

Kultusministerium Sachsen-Anhalt, Regierungspräsidium Halle; Stiftung Kulturfonds, Berlin; Kunstfonds e.V., Bonn; Ostdeutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband together with the Kreissparkasse Schönebeck; ÖSA Öffentliche Versicherungen Sachsen-Anhalt; NORD/LB; Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH Leipzig;Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt; Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin.

Detailed information: http://www.werkleitz.de/realwork or

Peter Zorn: Tel.: 039298 / 6750, Fax: 039298 / 67555, email: pz@werkleitz.de

Press service: Joachim Penzel: Tel. / Fax: 0345 / 5510618, email: Joachimpenzel@aol.com

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