The technikum29 is quite versatile – beside all the communication and computer technology we also show very special exhibits: This is a fully executable pianola, year of manufacture about 1910-1915.
It's a great experience see and hear such old jukeboxes, typically made
only of natural materials like leather, gum, wood, bone glue, felt, metal, paper,
ivory and glas.
By assembling these elements on an intelligent way, one could build a simple mechanical machine which is especially impressive for today's people. Here at the technikum29, we will show you how this device works, we will explain the basic functionality and play challenging compositions. While having covers removed, you can even see the fascinating mechanics working.
Functional explanation of the pianola
Art in the Museum
The technikum29 motivates activities that get awards and prices. The latest
example is that of the young artist Leander A. Schwarzer who transforms
everyday things into pieces of art. He has developed pictures made from zippers
that can be opened thus giving the viewer the opportunity to modify the picture
His latest visit to the technikum29 has inspired him to make art from and with punch cards which were the basis of industrialization in the 20th century. First the "Terzett" (Trio) was created which consists of three punched cards with these irreversible sentences:
Picture 1: 3 punch cards with text
IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING
IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE
Picture 2: Leander A. Schwarzer punching cards on an IBM key punch
These cards were hanged on a wall at a distance of 1-2 cm. During the day sun rays create shadows of the punched and coded text on the wall behind the cards. This work of art was awarded a price at the 32th grafics competition in Austria (Innsbruck, 2011). This in turn motivated Mr. Schwarzer to continue his work with punched cards. He spent several days at the technikum29 punching excerpts from Marx' "Capital" thereby creating a pile of several hundred cards. These were shown in the exhibition "A Symbol of Freedom" in Piacenza (Italy). Punched cards transform contemporary slogans into visual paradoxes when they create their unique shadows.
Picture 3: Punched cards running through a "musical clock"
Another work, "Fetish Character of commodities", concatenates the cards containing Marx' text fragments. This string of cards is then pulled through a mechanism like a musical clock that generates sounds controlled by the holes in the cards. So, finally, the "Capital" is transformed into atmospheric sounds.
Movie projector "Dresden 1"
The technikum29 has a movie projector from 1951 (there are more and even older projectors from the 1930s that are stored in the archive for lack of space).
Movie projectors have always been very complex devices. At that time,
the bright picture projection was archived with an arc light which was
generated between two carbon pencils. The waste heat was deflected via a
Since the pencils got shorter and shorter while the movie went on, they
had to be moved continously closer together for producing a constant
luminosity. Otherwise the light goes out.
We will repair this device to show an original newsreel from the 1960s.