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, of seven different exhibits that (among many other topics) await you in this fascinating exhibition.
We thank the artist Anette Rose for her support during the application phase of the MANUACT research project from 2012 to 2015 (www.anetterose.de).
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 professor of German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication (Ellen Fricke) and the professor 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 honoured with numerous prizes and has 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 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 German unification in 1991. The collection grew rapidly during its early years and today consists of more than 22,000 objects, focussed on textile and office machinery, machine tools, vehicles, Saxon industrial products, and the economic and social history of Saxony, including art.
Today, the museum is the centre of the Saxon Museum of Industry, which runs another three industrial heritage sites in Saxony: Crimmitschau cloth mill, Ehrenfriedersdorf Tin Mine and Knappenrode Open Mining Museum.
The listed former foundry of about 4,500 m² forms the magnificent and authentic setting of the permanent 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 running throughout the exhibition spaces, 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 offers guided tours on various topics for groups of up to 25 people and foreign language -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 9:00 – 17:00
Sat, Sun, Holidays 10:00 – 17:00
The museum is closed/has modified opening hours: on 24., 25., 31. December and 1. January
Adults: € 7
Reduced entry: € 4
Groups of 10 people or more: € 5
Reduced entry groups of 10 people or more: € 3
Children up to 18; students over 18; students of the Chemnitz University of Technology; people accompanying a diabled person, travel groups, preschool or school groups: 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 centre 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