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From Cooperation in Teaching to the Export of the Gesture Exhibition

Chemnitz University of Technology and the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) - Universities of the Capitals of Culture 2025 - explore cooperation opportunities

Chemnitz University of Technology and the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) want to jointly provide momentum for the design of the Capital of Culture Year 2025. Based on a cooperation agreement between the two universities, concrete projects and plans are now to be developed between the two Capital of Culture locations. In this context, Prof. Dr. Peter Purg visited the City of Chemnitz last week. He is a member of the School of Arts at the University of Nova Gorica and a member of the Go!2025 team - the equivalent of the Chemnitz Capital of Culture Office in Nova Gorica.

Here he also met representatives of Chemnitz University of Technology. In conversation with Dr. Benny Liebold, the Head of the International Office, it was affirmed that joint academic offerings will be created between the universities, some of which are also closely tied to the creation of the cities’ Capital of Culture programs. "Both cities are planning projects in the field of virtual and augmented reality as well as interactive media, for example - contacts are to be established and collaborations explored here, including between the universities," Liebold said. Initial research into research cooperation and virtual mobility between the two universities has already begun, he added.

Prof. Dr. Bernadette Malinowski, holder of the Professorship of Modern German and Comparative Literature and Cultural and Capital of Culture Representative of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Humanities at Chemnitz University of Technology, and Prof. Dr. Cecile Sandten, holder of the Professorship of English Literature, confirmed in conversation with Prof. Purg that they wanted to cooperate in teaching. From the point of view of Prof. Dr. Ellen Fricke, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, an export or import of modules between some subjects offered in Nova Gorica and some study programs at the Faculty of Humanities is possible. "For Chemnitz University of Technology, especially an import from the fields of media art and digital art would be interesting - also in view of the Capital of Culture perspective - in media research and semiotics," Fricke said.

Prof. Purg expressed great interest in the exhibition "Gestures - Yesterday, Today, the Day After Tomorrow", which was developed by the Professorship of German Linguistics (Head: Prof. Dr. Ellen Fricke) at Chemnitz University of Technology as part of the "MANUACT" project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research together with the Ars Electronica Futurelab (Linz) and the Chemnitz Museum of Industry (Sächsisches Industriemuseum). After Chemnitz, the exhibition was shown in Berlin and Frankfurt, and will be on display at the Landesmuseum Koblenz from April 2022 to January 2023. "We will now check whether the gesture exhibition can be presented in the Xcenter of the city of Nova Gorica - a 400-square-meter exhibition area - in the Capital of Culture year 2025," Fricke said. "If the premises are suitable and funding is secured, Peter Purg and I will conduct a joint teaching-research-exhibition project with students from Chemnitz University of Technology and Nova Gorica in the form of hybrid events in preparation for the 2023 summer semester," Fricke adds.

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

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