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Specialized project work (Bachelor)

Engineering meets Art

Engineering meets art: What happens when specialists in fluid mechanics meet musicians? Do microbiologists and photographers find a common language and understand each other? Can they learn from each other's art? What insights are gained and does the encounter change perceptions?

The interdisciplinary course "Engineering meets Art" thrives on creative dialogue and broadens the horizons of all participants. The students work together in mixed teams, developing, creating and presenting objects at the interface between art and technology. Sounding insulin, glowing bacteria, visible air or vibrating bodies ... Students gain insights and access to completely different fields of work and techniques. Every year in summer, the artistic results of the seminar can be viewed during a tour. Some of the artworks created in recent years are also on permanent display in the central area of the Faculty of Bio- and Chemical Engineering.

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In the winter semester 2021/22, Engineering meets Art will enter its fourth round with the motto "Soundscapes".

Thanks to the currently valid 3G rule, the seminar will finally be offered primarily in presence again.

Digital event components in the form of videoconferences are always possible where their advantages outweigh them.

In the winter semester 2020/21, the Engineering meets Art event was held under the motto "Grow On". The seminar phase began in the winter semester 2020 and initially ran until February 2020. Due to the Corona lockdown, the event largely took place digitally and also continued in the summer semester 2021. Due to the extensive closure of the TU buildings, the project groups worked on their exhibits from home wherever possible. In addition, there were several practice days on campus to complete the sound art objects. Finally, on July 09, 2021, the exhibits could be experienced in the newly opened BCI Gallery on the TU Dortmund campus. Under strict hygienic conditions it was possible for an interested public to visit the exhibition. Given the external conditions, the exhibition was very well attended. A catalog was produced to accompany the exhibition.

Im Wintersemester 2019/20 stand die Veranstaltung Engineering meets Art unter dem Motto Grow to Sound. Die Seminarphase begann im Wintersemester 2019 und lief bis Februar 2020. In dieser Phase fanden die Lehrveranstaltungen statt, und es wurde begonnen, Objekte zu bauen. Vom 09. Juli bis 16. August 2020 waren die Exponate im Dortmunder U zu erleben. Unter strengen Hygienebedingungen war es einer interessierten Öffentlichkeit möglich, die Ausstellung in der Hochschuletage des Dortmunder U zu besuchen. Auch wenn die Besuchszahlen des Vorjahres nicht erreicht werden konnten, war die Ausstellung gut undregelmäßig besucht. Eine Mitarbeiterin des Hochschulmarketings hat die Objekte präsentiert und Fragen der Besucher*innnen beantwortet. Begleitend zur Ausstellung entstand ein Katalog und ein virtueller Rundgang als Videofilm.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BCI faculty, there was a large exhibition in the Dortmunder U.

Guests at the vernissage were welcomed by Prof. Barbara Welzel, Prorector Diversity Management of TU Dortmund University, and Daniela Berglehn from the innogy Foundation. Project manager Kirsten Lindner-Schwentick opened, and the two lecturers Dr. Maik Hester and Timo Klos guided through the exhibition.
The evening was musically accompanied by the Ensemble for New Chamber Music at TU Dortmund University, conducted by Dr. Maik Hester.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.