Programme

Werkleitz Festival 2018 Holen und Bringen Performances
From Kraftwerk’s Autobahn to Holly Herndon’s Platform to M. I.A.’s Borders, musicians have again and again explored the phenomenon of logistics, including such aspects as infrastructure and migration. Yet the omnipresent flows of products, information and humans are much more than the subject of musical productions.Musicians themselves have been turned into personified logistic centers, planners, handlers, and shippers all in one. Independent musicians in particular have long since ceased to be mere creators of music, as they are also responsible for the distribution of their products. They feed their music into global product flows, shipping their albums by post and uploading their files to online streaming services like Bandcamp, SoundCloud or Spotify. Musicians maintain their own infrastructures, are involved in the operations of labels and agencies, clubs and concert venues, festivals and networks. In these contexts, musicians both act as expeditors and are themselves shipped out as “package freight.” They fly for a DJ set to London or drive a rented van to the next gig, spend a couple weeks at an artist’s residency or meet up somewhere with members of their band. As a performative and ephemeral art form, music is based on the presence of participants at a specific time and place. Live shows are an essential part of a musician’s existence—and not just because the collapse of the recorded music market has made them their main source of income.Musicians are the very embodiment of mobility, not least of all due to their multi-local lifestyles and voluntary or involuntary migrations. Many live simultaneously in different cities, few in the place where they were born. They are drawn to places where the music scene offers them opportunities. Or, like many other individuals, they have left their homelands for social, economic and/or political reasons.Through their nomadic existences, musicians have become both containers and transporters, carrying forth not only their own music into the world but also sounds from their travels and the different stages of their lives. They come into contact with “foreign” musical cultures, integrate found material into their work along the way, and collaborate with other music makers from all over the world. In the digital age these collaborations take place not just in physical but increasingly in virtual spaces as well. They utilize the tools of online collaboration or even integrate the “native sounds” of the data highway into their productions.As a result of the processes of exchange associated with it, logistics is ultimately becoming a catalyst in its own right for the creation of new music, which—one could say—brings together rhythms and harmonies from all over the planet in a new form of “cosmopolitan eclecticism.” But above all, logistics facilitates the creation of “new geographies” in that it integrates once peripheral forms of music into its networks.  
Sat 20.10.
19:00 Grußworte
19:30 Eröffnung der Ausstellung
20:30 Concert Phatcowlee
Rajan Shrestha is a Kathmandu based inter-disciplinary artist working primarily with music; though photography and videography follow closely. Bassist/co-producer for a Kathmandu based post-alternative band, Jindabaad, he is an Ethnomusicology graduate from Kathmandu University’s Department of Music and produces music under the moniker of “phatcowlee”. He is also one half of Anaasir, a collaborative project with Pakistani electronic musician Alien Panda Jury. Shrestha’s debut EP Cinema got released on Bangalore based Consolidate Records last year in July.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
22:00 Konzert Andreas Spechtl
Andreas Spechtl’s (frontman of the band Ja, Panik) unbelievable new album Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It is a multifaceted work. It is personal — the auteur Andreas Spechtl invites us to look deep into the soul of his “I”, which, as Arthur “Je est un autre” Rimbaud noted, is the I of another. It is rooted in history — the musician Andreas Spechtl constructs an emotional bridge to the cosmic music of Can and the aural sculptures of Conrad Schnitzler. It is, finally, a modern and hybrid work — the observer Andreas Spechtl mines deep strata of sound and samples in his sonic quarry, layering them over a constant bass drum, capable of launching every DJ set into a new space and time continuum.We hear: traditional Persian percussion and string instruments, sampled by Andreas Spechtl, rearranged and treated with contemporary beats, filters and effects. Aural structures rise up in space, as complex as they are fascinating and disorientating. Nevertheless, even-tempered rhythms mark out a more familiar path approaching narratives in recent electronic music.Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It  was composed in Tehran, a metropolis of 12 million people and the capital of Iran, often portrayed in the western world as the “Heart of Darkness” or “The Land of Fear”, notoriously located on the “Axis of Evil”.Max Dax
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
23:30 DJ Set Electric Indigo
Electric Indigo, DJ, composer and musician from Vienna, has performed in 39 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her name stands for the intelligent and distinguished interpretation of techno and electronic music. Her DJ sets are characterized by a wide variety with a clarity of vision, and a depth that only comes from a profound understanding of music and the art of the DJ.As a composer and musician, she creates works for concert spaces and clubs, as well as occasionally for stage plays, films or sound installations. In her compositions and live performances, she emphasizes the spatial-temporal placement of subtly textured sounds and structures, often generated from speech recordings. In March 2018 she released her debut solo album 5 1 1 5 9 3 on imbalance computer music.Electric Indigo started her DJ career in Vienna in 1989 and lived in Berlin for three years [1993-1996] to work at the legendary Hard Wax record store. In those years, she also began to make music herself, first releases came out in 1993. In 1998, Electric Indigo founded female:pressure, an international database and network for female, non-binary and trans artists in the field of electronic music that was awarded with an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2009. She lectures at institutions like the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the University of Fine Arts Vienna, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, at the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music and for Ableton.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Sun 21.10.
12:00 Exkursion Zugbildungsanlage ZBA Halle (Saale)
In July 2018 the freight train yard in Halle was completed, including the new train formation facility. After further upgrades and expansion it is now one of the most state-of-the-art facilities for freight transport in all of Europe, including fully automatic control systems and braking technology for guide tracks. The rail cars are coupled and uncoupled by hand. The goal of the upgrade is to increase the capacity of the Halle hub. Within an hour 120 rail wagons are rearranged and sent on their way towards Berlin, Munich or southeastern Europe. During the tour the development of the freight yard and the technical processes of the train formation facility will be explained.
DB Museum, Volkmannstraße 39
14:00 Kolloquium 1,2,3 Logistik
Logistics is everywhere. Yet what are the actual principles and procedures of logistics? Who is pulling the strings behind the scenes? What are their projects and ideas? What more optimistic visions and which unsettling future prospects are associated with these plans? To answer these questions Werkleitz will be inviting experts from the fields of economics, science and culture to the new logistics centre of the Finsterwalder Transport und Logistik company in Halle. There they will engage in dialogue with the audience and combine various individual points of view into a multi-dimensional overall perspective. It will be demonstrated and discussed what is already possible in the realm of logistics and what is conceivable in the future; which languages and terminology the different players utilize; and to what extent the audience itself has long since assumed the role of an evaluative agent within logistic chains as consumers, receivers and orderers. The colloquium asks where our current logistical system might be leading us, examining viabilities and eventualities and pondering opportunities and dangers, desires and fears. Sceptical critics will meet head on with advocates, established companies with start-ups, proven business models with daring visions., Trade show and assemblyIn the first part logistic practitioners and theoreticians will present their projects, ideas and fields of study in three 25-minute blocks. Visitors will have the opportunity to move between presentations and construct their own associations and links. After a short break, in the second part of the colloquium logistical actors and visitors will engage in a dialogue. In three moderated discussions they will follow the traces and structures of logistics from the global to the individual and talk about how logistics has shaped our present world and what the future may bring.
Finsterwalder Transport und Logistik GmbH, Finsterwalder Transport und Logistik GmbH, Grenzstraße 11
21:00 Filmprogramm We are data
With each gesture we make and every act we undertake, we transfer information; information that is part of our interaction with the people who are close to us and with the institutions and concepts that define our society. In the past these processes mostly occurred between one human and another, without an intermediary. Only the most important communications where recorded and archived, in contracts, treaties, paintings, or books. With technological developments in the twentieth century, the invention of the internet and the rise of big data, this situation has changed radically. We have created systems that record and archive almost everything we do, and virtual realms to mirror the physical world we live in. We’ve filled our habitats with datafied objects and more and more we have become sets of data ourselves. What we do and how we express ourselves is tracked, quantified, and coded. The datafied individual is categorized and stored in massive databases that are built and managed by companies and governments. They tell us that they want to “connect us” and provide us with better services, but they are also there to make profit and control us. We are allowing ourselves to be commodified and manipulated in systems of predictive analytics and micro-targeting, and the amount of private data we are handing over every day of our lives is unprecedented. What will happen now that the way these systems function is determined more and more by artificial intelligence and algorithms?
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Tue 23.10.
20:00 Exkursion 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.
Bahnhofsvorplatz, Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Platz 1
Thu 25.10.
14:00 Exkursion Container Terminal Halle (Saale) CTHS & Archäologisches 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.
Container Terminal Halle (Saale) – CTHS, Am Saalehafen 1
Fri 26.10.
17:00 Führung durch die Ausstellung
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
19:00 Film programme Stückgut zu Containern
“Brussels, 10:48 pm. The offices are empty. A teletype machine switches on. A message from Chicago. People are still at work there. A telex from Nagasaki. People are already back at work there.” Juxtaposed with images of the neon signs and street lights of a big city at night are close-ups of a telex machine as it receives the five-digit codes of an electronic message, retranslates them into letters and prints the text onto paper. “No clerks, no forms, no messengers,” comments the male voice in the Siemens’ film Mit fünf Schritten [In Five Steps] from the year 1967. Long before the internet, teletype technology made it possible to directly transmit messages, orders or reservations over great distances in just seconds. Around the clock, all over the world. In the context of ever increasing digitalization and the associated rationalization of human labour, the film programme General Cargo to Containers reflects the development of logistics and telecommunication in the field of maritime trade. In addition to Mit fünf Schritten, the programme features the DEFA productions 18 Knoten bis Hongkong [Eighteen Knots to Hong Kong] and Die Schwelle  [Threshold],  framed by two artistic documentaries that explore the transformation of the Port of Hamburg. From the hard physical labour carried out in the 1960s on docks and in hatchways as depicted in Der Tag eines unständigen Hafenarbeiters [A Day in the Life of an Itinerant Longshoreman] by Leonore Mau and Hubert Fichte to the computer-operated container handling facility in Olaf Sobczak’s video a. g.v. – t. e.u.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
21:00 Film programme Welt als Takt
Smart phones, search engines, online shopping and social networks have become essential to our everyday lives. The impact that our deep emotional relationship to electronic media has on how we spend our time at home and in the workplace is explored in Fast-Paced Planet with a selection of historical industrial and documentary films. Thomas Imbach’s Well Done examines computerized office work in a large-scale Swiss financial services company and the serial logic of the system that is ingrained in employees’ bodies and language. The data centre dictates the tempo that must be maintained in order to prevent a collapse. The Telefunken company’s film Sieben Briefe pro Sekunde [Seven Letters per Second] from the year 1961 shows how the postal system was modernized through the introduction of automatic sorting machines. A single error would bring the high-velocity machines to a halt. A machine-like routine of human activity is depicted in Jürgen Böttcher’s Rangierer [Shunter]. While the information received via a telex machine reveals the working processes in the Dresden-Friedrichstadt railyard to be part of a highly advanced system, the methodicalness of the workers’ movements belies the immense time pressure exerted by the modern organization of labour. In Well Done it is the ironic remarks, facial expressions and pauses that interrupt the Kafkaesque vision of a completely digitalized world and unveil a human-machine relationship that will never allow itself to be completely planned and exploited.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Sat 27.10.
22:00 Audio Visual Live Performance Byetone (raster)
Olaf Bender’s creative work began with the casual finding of 16mm film equipment during school time. From that moment on, he started experimenting with the medium film as well as the raw material film. Technical limitations forced special methods: he scratched directly on the footage to create geometrical figures; the results were archaic motion patterns. As a consequence of his experiments, he came into contact with the East German underground band AG Geige of which he became a permanent member in 1988. By working with this group, he also got into musical aspects. The home computer made it possible for autodidacts like him to work multimedially without musical training.After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Bender worked in music distribution. The experiences he gained there led him to the idea of publishing his own music by himself. Together with Frank Bretschneider and Carsten Nicolai, he founded the record label Raster-Noton in 1996. One of the label’s earliest productions was the project Signal, which Olaf Bender has been continuing together with Bretschneider and Nicolai until today.Since the label’s founding, Bender has also produced music solo under the pseudonym byetone, but it was not until 2008 that he released his first record on Raster-Noton. The lead single Plastic Star also defined his signature sound, presenting a minimalist rhythm-based music with a rock attitude that can do without too much processing and decoration; an archaic, rebellious music full of energy. The year 2008 also saw the release of his first full-length record, the highly acclaimed Death of a Typographer, whose follow-up Symeta, released in 2011, even entered several “record of the year” lists.In the wake of his own records, byetone has also produced remixes for artists like Modeselektor and VCMG as well as sound works for fashion designers like Rick Owens, Nina Ricci or NikeLab. Besides being part of Raster-Noton’s supergroup Signal, he is also part of the duo Diamond Version (together with Carsten Nicolai) that released a series of EPs and a full-length record on Mute Records in 2013.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
23:00 DJ Set mobilegirl (DISK)
mobilegirl is a producer and DJ born in Munich, based in Berlin. She is known for her eclecticism in and outside of music, taking inspiration from her past studies including design and computer science.As a DJ she focuses on various danceable rhythms and manages to mingle styles from different genres. Her mixes are often called “collages” for their unusual selection and blends. In November 2016 she played her third Boiler Room show of the year at the Weekender in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, ranking her as the artist with the most BR appearances of 2016. Astonishing, considering she had only picked up DJing two years before. Her debut EP Poise, which was released in Fall 2017, was a project to decelerate – a reaction to the fast pace of the industry with its sound being strongly inspired by RPG and adventure video games. Almost contrary to the high energy of her DJ sets the 6-track-EP creates a calming atmosphere for one to escape to.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
23:50 DJ Set Mila Stern
Mila Stern plays music like a vole swinging a glow stick. Gently but firmly, she pushes us forward. Little kicks in the back side towards happiness get us dancing on our toes until we want to cry out: “Whaaat?!” Mila was musically raised in youth centres and squats, ripened in Tel Aviv to finally graduate to the best clubs that Germany offers. She prefers a course around 122,4 bpm, sliding through with some shorter and occasionally with longer transitions. Preferably well-rested. But even crumpled, she has surprised us with utter superiority!
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Sun 28.10.
17:00 Führung durch die Ausstellung
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Thu 1.11.
(All day) Videorama TEU
Werkleitz, Schleifweg 6
14:00 Kurzführung durch die Ausstellung & Exkursion 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”.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Fri 2.11.
17:00 Führung durch die Ausstellung
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
18:30 Film programme Return to Sender I
The film programme Return to Sender defines the field of logistics as global movement, circulation and transit. Focusing on the methods and requirements of this circulation as prerequisites for generating profit and wielding power, the basic premise is that circulation is not a generic, neutral dynamic but rather a play of forces between specific actors. Who profits from the supply chains that unite work, commodities and infrastructure in (asymmetrical) dependencies? Who is assigned which role in the supply chain? Who has access to what? Do you know your place in the supply chain?Conceived as a movement through specific (geographical) locations and different logics of circulation, the works featured explore the prevailing balance of power. In the process they examine bodies, muscles, myths, resources and technologies in order to reveal sources of friction within these structures, challenging their sustainability and resilience. Which strategies are used to maintain supply chains and their underlying ideological tendencies? And at what points is the circulation vulnerable? Where can it be disrupted, manipulated, turned against itself?
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
21:00 Film programme Return to Sender II
The film programme Return to Sender defines the field of logistics as global movement, circulation and transit. Focusing on the methods and requirements of this circulation as prerequisites for generating profit and wielding power, the basic premise is that circulation is not a generic, neutral dynamic but rather a play of forces between specific actors. Who profits from the supply chains that unite work, commodities and infrastructure in (asymmetrical) dependencies? Who is assigned which role in the supply chain? Who has access to what? Do you know your place in the supply chain?Conceived as a movement through specific (geographical) locations and different logics of circulation, the works featured explore the prevailing balance of power. In the process they examine bodies, muscles, myths, resources and technologies in order to reveal sources of friction within these structures, challenging their sustainability and resilience. Which strategies are used to maintain supply chains and their underlying ideological tendencies? And at what points is the circulation vulnerable? Where can it be disrupted, manipulated, turned against itself?
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Sat 3.11.
22:00 Concert Mary Ocher + Your Government
Following tours of 23 countries with The West Against The People and its follow up 10”-tape Faust Studio Sessions, Mary Ocher is back in Europe for selected dates with her two drummers Your Government. Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought-provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms.The West Against The People was released on the German label Klangbad and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust. It features solo tracks as well as tracks with her drummers Your Government and elusive cult legends Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin. Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings (10”: Klangbad/DE + Sing A Song Fighter/SWE, tape: Related Records/US) features additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and Hans Unstern. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan. 
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
23:30 DJ Set Most × Werkleitz Closing
The luscious party format stands for open-minded electronic music for the heart, head and limbs. To close out the Werkleitz Festival Most will be serving up fresh pressed house & techno. Two DJs will go head to head, trying to prove who’s better at setting the night revellers’ bodies into excessively rhythmic motion.
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a
Sun 4.11.
17:00 Führung durch die Ausstellung
Festivalzentrum, Kleine Märkerstraße 7a