Luft Gesheft

Artist Doug Fishbone will be performing Luft Gesheft one of his celebrated comic slide-show lectures, taking his audience on a journey through his mildly warped imagination. Illustrating his narration with hundreds of images downloaded from the internet, Fishbone has come up with an innovative form of story-telling that sits at the crossroads between high and low art, leading one critic to describe him as a “stand-up conceptual artist”. The work presents a form of visual rhetoric that employs strategies of advertising and propaganda to explore the often dubious relationship between image and text, and some of the more problematic aspects of contemporary Western life in an amusing and disarming way. 
Fishbone, who is based in London, has performed at many of the UK’s leading venues, including the Hayward Gallery, the ICA, the Southbank Centre and the Royal Academy and exhibited at Tate Britain and the Venice Biennale amongst others.

An event in English only, organised by Werkleitz and the European Media Art Platform with the support of the EU programme Creative Europe.


Instructors in specific fields will offer thematic workshops for participants and students. Together we will generate prognoses about the future of logistics based on local observations. The results will later be publicly presented.

Logistik des Wissens
with Prof. Matthias Görlichund Peter Hermans (Informationsdesign, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle)

Wege, Strecken und Enden.
Über die Mobilität der Produktion with Jan Lemitz und Prof. Peggy Buth
(Medienkunst, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig)

Urbane Lieferketten, Knotenpunkte und Übergänge
with Prof. Nina Gribat und Dipl. Ing. Andreas Schmitt (Entwerfen und Städtebau, Technische Universität Darmstadt)

The workshops are free of charge. Since only a limited number of spaces are available please register in advance:

Excursion // Star Park & Radial Fulfillment

Star Park is an industrial park that covers 230 hectares or 570 acres. Responsible for its development and for attracting new companies is the city-owned Saale Investvision company. The original development of the area took place around the turn of the millennium with the goal of attracting the BMW factory, which was later opened in Leipzig. In 2002 the alternative plan for the site as an industrial park went into effect. Since then different firms have relocated there, most of them from the logistics industry. After a bus tour of the park’s logistics landscape, the excursion takes participants to Radial Fulfillment, an independent company that until 2016 was part of the eBay company. Radial provides complete order fulfilment services for online retail companies, in short: everything after the “click”.

Meeting point:
Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
06108 Halle (Saale)

Guided tour with: Dieter Götte (Halle Saale Investvision), Ulf Bellersheim, Sven Schirmer (Radial Fulfillment) 
The tour and excursion are free of charge. A shuttle bus will be provided for the excursion. Since only a limited number of participants can take part, please register in advance by writing an email to:
Please register by 29 October 2018.

Excursion // Container Terminal Halle & Archäological Depot

The excursion to the port of Halle in Trotha brings together contemporary and historical perspectives on logistics and the transport of goods. Both the container terminal and adjacent depot of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology will be visited. The port, once part of the Hanseatic League, is now accessed by land through the Container Terminal Halle (Saale). As a transshipment terminal it specializes in the organization of logistics chains with combined transport. Containers are loaded from lorries onto the trains of the port’s own railway system and the other way around. The second part of the excursion focuses on the logistics of knowledge and takes participants through the depot of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology. The excursion provides a brief view of the history of the museum and demonstrates how now only a small portion of collections are put on display, while the majority are stored in depots. The guided tour explores the depot’s organization, storage, archival and cataloguing systems. Individual objects related to historical trade routes will also be examined.

Meeting point:
Container Terminal Halle (Saale) – CTHS
Am Saalehafen 1
06118 Halle (Saale)

Guided tour with: Harry Dietrich (CTHS) und Dr. Roman Mischker (Depot LDA)
The excursion is free of charge. Since only a limited number of participants can take part, please register in advance by writing an email to:, Please register by 24 October 2018.

Excursion // DHL Hub Leipzig

After 10 years of operations the DHL Hub Leipzig has become one of the most important and state-of-the-art transshipment centres for air freight worldwide. It is one of the region’s largest employers despite the fact that over 50% of its processes are automated. Every day over 60 airplanes take off and land, having been inspected, loaded and unloaded remarkably quickly. Thousands of packages from digital retail operations are transported at night by conveyors and slides that are kilometres long, sorted by humans and machines and sent out in airplanes, trains or lorries.

Meeting point:
Bahnhofsvorplatz, Entrance
Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Platz 1
06112 Halle (Saale)

The excursion is free of charge. Participants must cover their own travel costs (round way train ticket from Halle to Schkeuditz). Since only a limited number of participants can take part in the excursion, please register in advance by sending an email to: In accordance with DHL security regulations, participants’ first and last name and date of birth must be provided in the registration email. Please register by 18 October 2018.

21.10. 14:00
Finsterwalder Transport und Logistik GmbH
21.10. 21:00

Logistics is the basis of globalization and an occupational reality for thousands of individuals in the Halle/Leipzig region. Logistics determines the beat and rhythm of our time. It affects societal processes and organizes the flow of goods, information and people. Wherever logistics is based on the infrastructures of de-industrialized economies and residential environments it is accompanied by promises of prosperity. Here the production of movement takes the place of the production of goods or content, shaping landscapes, influencing regions and defining humans’ everyday lives. Against the backdrop of globalized trade and digital networks such developments are simultaneously taking place at different locations worldwide, which in turn provides insights about historical and political connections. Utilizing an artistic perspective to enable a broad discussion on logistic processes and to render the individuals involved in these processes visible apart from efficiency principles is the goal of the 2018 Werkleitz Festival.

The international works in the exhibition and the film and performance program place the festival’s themes in a global context. The colloquium serves to facilitate open discourse on the tendencies of logistics and expands the festival’s scope with speculations on future processes and systems. Guided excursions to regional locations and a week-long workshop with students of various art academies intensify the examination on site. A bilingual festival catalogue with texts by international authors will be presented at the opening.