The 2016 Werkleitz Festival Trans-Positionen is taking place in conjunction with the international radio art festival Radio Revolten organized by Radio Corax.
As part of this collaboration the Werkleitz Festival will feature an interdisciplinary exploration of radio as a medium of acoustic art in its exhibition, performance and multi-part film programme. Trans-Positionen examines the relationship between sound and the electronic image, the political importance of radio and the medium’s current relevance.

The Werkleitz Festival will include an exhibition of Friedrich Jürgenson’s Audioscopic Research Archive (on loan from the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe) in the foyer of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and a performance by Swedish artists Hampus Lindwall, Joakim Forsgren and Leif Elggren in the Moritzkirche, which was especially commissioned by curator Martin Hartung for the festival. In addition, a multi-part film series curated by Florian Wüst will be presented at Kino Zazie.
With Trans-Positionen Werkleitz is creating the framework for new synergies with local, national and international individuals, organizations and research institutions.
The organizations Kirchenmusik an der Propstei- und Moritzkirche Halle and SAUER-Orgel Halle e.V. have made it possible for us to use the Moritzkirche and its one-of-a-kind Sauer organ for the performance. The performance will be broadcast live in London on the radio station Resonance FM via the Radio Revolten network. The audio recordings will be used to produce an LP, so that the event will live on even after the Werkleitz Festival 2016 Trans-Positionen has come to an end.


Opening of theTrans-Positionen and Radio Revolten Festivals

This year’s Werkleitz Festival Trans-Positionen will be taking place in conjunction with the international radio festival Radio Revolten from 1 to 30 October in Halle (Saale). Radio Revolten and Trans-Positionen will celebrate their opening together at 7 pm on 1 October 2016 in the Ulrichskirche concert hall in Halle (Saale).

The Swedish organist Hampus Lindwall will get everything started with a short organ concert, following which the artistic director of Radio Revolten, Knut Aufermann, and Werkleitz director Daniel Herrmann will welcome the artists, curators and guests of both festivals. The highlight of the event is a performance by the Resonance Radio Orchestra from London.
After the concert Radio Corax and Werkleitz will invite everyone to join them for a welcome event in the Radio Revolten festival center at Rathausstraße 3.

Exhibition of the Audioscopic Research Archive and Audio-visual Performance
Kuratiert von / curated by Martin Hartung

In conjunction with Radio Revolten, the Audioscopic Research Archive (2004) will be exhibited in the foyer of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. On loan from the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, the archive contains the research materials of Friedrich Jürgenson (1903–1987), who explored radio as a medium of communication with the beyond. In 1959 Jürgenson accidentally stumbled on the Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP). By using radio carrier waves he was later able to recover the great many multi-lingual and often barely comprehensible voices that he interpreted to come from deceased persons.

To re-activate the archive and explore the Electronic Voice Phenomenon, Swedish artists Hampus Lindwall, Joakim Forsgren and Leif Elggren have created an audio-visual performance for the Werkleitz Festival. The artists will attempt to draw Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) and Georg Friedrich Handel (1685–1759) into a dialogue in the Moritzkirche in Halle. Though for a time the two composers worked not far from one another in the cities of Halle (Saale) and Leipzig, no personal encounter was ever documented.

On 2 October a panel talk will examine the debates on the immaterial inheritance of frequency ranges and the history and current relevance of this parascientific field of research. The talk will be moderated by curator Martin Hartung, who will be joined by experts on transcommunication Gesa Dröge (Lüneburg) and Christian Hilpert (Braunschweig).

Martin Hartung (Curator)

Film Programme Trans-Positionen
Kuratiert von / curated by Florian Wüst

Though they are often seen as opposing phenomena, art and technology are inextricably connected. On one side humans, on the other side machines. We are all familiar with the subversive use of machines, devices and instruments as an artistic method or strategy. Yet without precise technological knowledge, pirate radio operators would not be able to build the broadcasting equipment to disseminate their politically and culturally subversive messages. The history of electronic music includes many close collaborations and a great deal of mutual inspiration between composers, engineers and scientists. In the age of the internet the age old question of the irreversibility of the conventional roles of the artist and technician, of the sender and recipient, of the producer and consumer is continually being re-examined. The four-part film programme of the Trans-Positionen festival explores the reciprocal relationship between art and technology and counter and mainstream cultures, with a special emphasis on electronic and digital media. The international selection of historical and contemporary films extends the thematic focus beyond radio and television to include unusual forms of speech and the representation of societal crises and political upheaval. The film programme also experiments with its own form: the combination of advertising, documentary, experimental film and music and the performance of a radio essay with film excerpts turns the cinema likewise into an absolute realm of acoustic experience.


1 October

2 October

8 October

19:00 Opening of Werkleitz Festival 2016 Trans-Positionen

opening with Radio Revolten
Place: Konzerthalle Ulrichskirche, 06108 Halle (Saale)

17:00 Panel Talk

Curator: Martin Hartung
Place: Foyer of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
Franckeplatz 2, 06110 Halle (Saale)
Guests: Gesa Dröge and Christian Hilpert (experts on transcommunication)

21:00 Audio-visual Performance

Curator: Martin Hartung
Place: Moritzkirche, An der Moritzkirche 8, 06108 Halle (Saale)

13 October

14 October

19:00 Film Programme: Colourful Sounds

Curator: Florian Wüst
Place: Zazie Kino & Bar, Kleine Ulrichstraße 22, 06108 Halle (Saale)
Guest: Christoph Doering (DE)

19:00 Film Programme: The Beauty of Radio Waves

Curator: Florian Wüst
Place: Zazie Kino & Bar, Kleine Ulrichstraße 22, 06108 Halle (Saale)
Guest: Ralf Homann

21:00 Film Programme: World of Speech

Curator: Florian Wüst
Place: Zazie Kino & Bar, Kleine Ulrichstraße 22, 06108 Halle (Saale)
Guest: Miriam Bajtala

21:00 Film Programme: Time Travel

Curator: Florian Wüst
Place: Zazie Kino & Bar, Kleine Ulrichstraße 22, 06108 Halle (Saale)
Guest: Filipa César

22:00 Aftershow with Robin The Fog (UK)

sound artist, radio producer and Radio Revolten artist
Place: Zazie Kino & Bar, Kleine Ulrichstraße 22, 06108 Halle (Saale)



  • Konzerthalle Ulrichskirche (Opening): Christian-Wolff-Straße 2, 06108 Halle (Saale)
  • Moritzkirche: An der Moritzkirche 8, 06108 Halle (Saale)
  • Showroom of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (exhibition): Franckeplatz 2, 06110 Halle (Saale)
  • Zazie Kino & Bar (Film programme): Kleine Ulrichstraße 22, 06108 Halle (Saale)
  • Werkleitz Videorama, Schleifweg 6, 06114 Halle (Saale)

Instead of an admission fee, the Werkleitz Festival will be accepting donations for the maintenance and continued restoration of the organ, which is being carried out by the SAUER-Orgel Halle e.V. organization.

Further information: moritzorgel.de


Press contact

Cornelia Hänchen
Werkleitz Gesellschaft e. V.
Schleifweg 6
D-06114 Halle (Saale)

T. +49 345 68246-0
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  • Festival curators: Martin Hartung und Florian Wüst
  • Coordination: Elisa Patzschke
  • Press: Cornelia Hänchen
  • Shipping of films: Erik Laube
  • Technical director: Jörg Drefs
  • Financial administration: Heike Weiße 
  • Graphic design/website: Knoth & Renner
  • Copy-editing: Kristina Tieke 
  • Translation: Chris Michalski


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  • D-06114 Halle (Saale)
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We’d like to thank our funders and sponsors.

With friendly support of Kirchenmusik an der Propstei- & Moritzkirche Halle and Förderverein SAUER-Orgel Halle e.V., especially Tobias Fraß und Tobias Geuther.

Thanks to Kino Zazie and the German Federal Cultural Foundation, especially Tinatin Eppmann, for the use of their venues.

Thanks to Clemens Birnbaum and Karl Altenburg of the Händel-Haus Halle and Kerstin Wiese of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig for research assistance.

Also we thank Helmut Beier, Henriette Stallbaum-Fiedler, Lipz Schorle.


Trans-Positionenis a project by:

Werkleitz Gesellschaft e. V.

Schleifweg 6

06114 Halle (Saale)

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Executive Director: Daniel Herrmann
Executive Board: Peter Zorn, Marcel Schwierin, Marcie Kathleen Jost and Wieland Krause

Graphic Design/Website: 
Knoth & Renner

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