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SLUB Makerspace: Knowledge comes from… making!

Logo Makerspace

The Spring School will take place in the premises of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), namely in its brand-new MAKERSPACE. This venue provides plenty of free space for interactive working and hands-on prototyping in a creative working environment. It is equipped with 3D-printers and cutters (MakerBot, StyroCutter), hardware gadgets (Arduino, Lego Serious Play) and plenty of interactive and interaction devices (Kinect, Google Cardboard, Leap Motion, Oculus Rift). The collocated Departmental Library DrePunct houses a remarkable stock of engineering, applied science and economics literature. A perfect spot for creative people!

The Spring School’s workshops will take place in the Makerspace rooms M1 or M2. The building can be easily reached by public transport (line 61, stop “Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek”).

Summer School 2014

Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau: Faculty of Computer Science

Providing facilities for more than 1800 students, the Faculty of Computer Science of the “Excellence University” TU Dresden is one of the largest educational institutions for computer science in Germany. Students can choose from 12 different courses of study and can graduate either as a Bachelor, Master, state examination, or with a Diploma – the latter proving to be a rare feature in Germany by now. This wide range of choices is complemented by international master programs and various structured PhD-programs: German Research Foundation (DFG): RTG RoSI; German Research Foundation (DFG): RTG QuantLA; Erasmus Mundus IT4BI-DC; European PhD Program EPCL. The Faculty is also home of two from six chairs organizing the Spring School: the Interactive Media Lab Dresden and the Chair of Media Design.

During the Spring School, the keynotes and kick-off talks will take place in the Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau (ABP), more precisely in the rooms APB/1004 and APB/E023. The closest public transport stop is “Helmholtzstraße” (line 85).

InterCity Hotel Dresden

The InterCityHotel Dresden is centrally located across from the central station. The baroque historic city center where the Frauenkirche, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace are located is only a 15 minutes’ walk away. Enjoy extensive shopping and gourmet restaurants in the neighboring Prager Straße.

You can check-in to your room as of 14:00 and have to check-out until 12:00. The hotel will also provide you breakfast as well as a ticket for the public transport.

Technische Universität Dresden
and the city

Knowledge builds bridges – education unites people

The Technische Universität Dresden is one of the 10 largest universities in Germany and part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative. The university has about 37.000 students, 4.400 publicly funded staff members – among them over 500 professors – and approximately 3.500 externally funded staff members. It is a university that unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities and social sciences, as well as medicine – a range of disciplines which is unique in Germany.

Images: Stefan Herz

Excellence is born of the conjunction between outstanding research and passionate teaching. All disciplines represented at the university, have a foundation of expertise, initiative spirit, creative curiosity, commitment, communication and the ability to cope with criticism. All members participate in the process of researching by learning and learning by researching.

Dresden is also home to numerous renowned research institutes and universities. Nowhere else in Germany can you find so many research institutions and scientists in such a small area. The three key sectors of research are microelectronics / information and communication technology, new-generation materials / nanotechnology / photovoltaics, and life sciences / biotechnology. Influential international corporations such as Globalfoundries, Infineon and Volkswagen also value the city’s outstanding location qualities. »Silicon Saxony e.V.«, a network of more than 300 commercial enterprises and research institutions, is Europe’s leading and the fifth largest micro-electronics cluster in the world. Other research institutions in Dresden include 11 Fraunhofer Institutes, 5 Leibniz Institutes, and 3 Max-Planck-Institutes.TU-Dresden-Georg-Schumann-BauTU-Dresden-Georg-Schumann-Bau

Dresden – cosmopolitan metropolis of art and science

The city of Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor. The city is known for its largely reconstructed baroque and rococo city center, its Dresden Elbe Valley (a World Heritage Site until 2006), and its vibrant cultural life including the world-renowned Semper Opera, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the unique Dresden State Art Collections.

Elbe River at Dresden
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Dresden is home to a number of renowned universities and research institutes, the Technische Universität Dresden, the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, the Palucca School of Dance, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, three Max Planck Institutes and five Leibniz Institutes. With eleven institutions or parts of institutes, Dresden is also the largest location of the Fraunhofer Society worldwide.

Dresden Canaletto View
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Dresden is a cornerstone of the global semiconductor industry hosting leading enterprises such as Globalfoundries (formerly AMD), Infineon Technologies, ZMDI and Toppan Photomasks. Other major employers are Volkswagen, EADS, Siemens and Linde-KCA.TU-Dresden-Georg-Schumann-Bau

HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden

Hellerau Festival Theatre, built in 1911 as a school of Rhythmics, is today the location of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. Following an eventful history – in the 1930s it served as a military camp; later the Soviet army used it as their barracks – in the 1990s the site was brought back to life through art. HELLERAU has since become one of the most important interdisciplinary centres for contemporary arts in Germany. It is home to contemporary dance, musical theatre, contemporary classical music, theatre, performance art, the fine arts and new media, as well as a place for reflection on art and culture. The internationally renowned Forsythe Company had been the company in residence here since 2005. Since Jacopo Godani took over as artistic director in the summer of 2015, and the company was reformed as the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, this successful cooperative arrangement has continued. Since April 2009 performances have again been held at the Festival Theatre all year round. Along with its partner organisations on the grounds the European Centre for the Arts has been working on creating an ‘arts workspace’ in HELLERAU. This is a place where people experiment with art, test out art, present art. In all these enterprises, contemporary dance has top priority.

The Ghosts
The Ghosts
Copyright © Thomas Aurin

In THE GHOSTS Constanza Macras worked with Chinese acrobats and circus performers. It looks like these artists, who once won fame and fortune for their country with their bodily discipline, have been forgotten and “decommissioned” by Chinese society, even though many of them are still quite young. They recall the “hungry ghosts” – according to Chinese popular mythology, lost souls who have been forgotten by their descendants and lead a miserable existence in an intermediate world. For Macras these artists’ materially precarious, ghostly condition is a metaphor for life in contemporary China, with its contradictions, social injustice and power structures. Those who once brought the country glory and honor are discarded as soon as they are no longer top achievers. THE GHOSTS, like the Chinese Ghost Festival in July, allows them a temporary return to the land of living, making their art and their stories visible once again.