Join us for an exhibition that combines thought-provoking ideas with interactive exhibits and artistic installations!
Learn about gesture research in linguistics and anthropology. Interactive exhibits specially developed for this exhibition allow you to experiment and play with gestures, and to understand their various functions in human communication.
Learn about the cultural history of tools and machines, and the changing role of the human hand in production.
Experience how gesture control works today, and what it will mean in the future for our interaction with machines, both at work and at home.
Here’s a sneak preview, with glances at seven different exhibits that (among many other topics) await you in this fascinating exhibition.
The research profile of the Chemnitz University of Technology focuses on the relationship between human and technology as one of three core competences. This interdisciplinary approach also characterizes the MANUACT project, in which the professorship of German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication (Ellen Fricke) and the professorship of Ergonomics and Innovation Management (Angelika Bullinger-Hoffmann) cooperate.
Since it was founded in 1996, the Futurelab, Ars Electronica’s in-house transdisciplinary media art lab, has been honored with numerous prizes and earned an international reputation as one of the leading non-university R&D facilities in the fields of media art, information aesthetics, interaction design, persuasive technology, robotics and virtual environments. The Futurelab works together with several universities and private sector partners worldwide, develops promising strategies for major corporations, and opens up new markets.
The Ars Electronica Futurelab’s very international staff - scientists, engineers and artists with training in a wide array of disciplines - comes up with innovative concepts, projects and prototypes in the fields of media art, architecture, design, interactive exhibition design and real-time graphics.
The Museum was founded after the German unification in 1991. The collection grew rapidly during its first years and today consists of more than 22.000 objects, focussed on textile and office machinery, machine tools, vehicles, saxon industrial products, economic and social history of Saxony, including art.
Today the museum is the centre of the Saxon Museum of Industry, which runs another three technical monuments of industrial heritage all over Saxony: Crimmitschau cloth mill “Gebr. Pfau”, Ehrenfriedersdorf Tin Mine „Zinngrube Ehrenfriedersdorf“ and Knappenrode Open Mining Museum “Energiefabrik Knappenrode”.
The heritage-protected former foundry of about 4.500 m² forms the magnificent and authentic setting of the main exhibition in Chemnitz. The exhibition is divided into eleven topics and gives an insight into more than 200 years of industrial history in Saxony from mining and the textile industry to mechanical and automotive engineering, up to the social impacts of industrialisation. On a silver strip guiding through the entire hall, the visitor will find a selection of outstanding Saxon products and inventions.
The visit becomes a splendid experience through guided tours, demonstrations of numerous exhibits (e. g. machine tools, control technology, textile- and office machines) and through interactive offers. A special attraction is the 1896 “Germania”-steam engine running on live steam monthly.
The museum offer guided tours on various topics for groups of up to 25 people and foreignlanguage-tours on request. For groups of pupils, children and younger visitors special workshops for metalworking and casting, textile fabrication and printing to name but a few are offered.
The Museum is a favourite location for events such as business jubilees, conferences and so forth where it provides an attractive setting.
Tue-Fri 9 am – 5 pm
Sat, Sun, Holidays 10 am – 5 pm
The museum is closed/modified opening hours: on 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st January
Adults: 7.00 €
Reduced entry: 4.00 €
Groups of 10 persons or more: 5.00 €
Reduced entry groups of 10 persons or more: 3.00 €
Children up to 18; students over 18; students of the Chemnitz University of Technology; persons accompanying a severely handicapped person, a travel group, a preschool or a school group: free
Sächsisches Industriemuseum Chemnitz
Zwickauer Straße 119
09112 Chemnitz, Germany
Fax: 0049-371- 3676-141
The museum is located in the west of the city center on the Zwickauer Straße. It can easily be reached by car, tram and bus (tram and bus stop “Industriemuseum”).
Prof. Dr. Ellen Fricke
E-Mail: sekretariat.efricke [at] phil.tu-chemnitz.de
Phone: 0371 531-27220 (mornings)
Fax: 0371 531-27229
Thüringer Weg 11, Room 211
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Professur Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, Semiotik und Multimodale Kommunikation