Stephan von Huene | The Semiconductor of Chemnitz
The complete work of Stephan von Huene: kinetic and sound sculptures, sculptures, assemblages, drawings
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The Semiconductor of Chemnitz

The Semiconductor of Chemnitz 1999
The Semiconductor of Chemnitz 1999

photos: Hans-Christian Schink

The Semiconductor of Chemnitz 1999
The Semiconductor of Chemnitz 1999

The Semiconductor of Chemnitz

Der Halbleiter von Chemnitz

1999

S 1999–1

Half figure on base, metal, fiberglass,
mechanics, computer, sensor

Technische Universität, Chemnitz

Westdeutscher Rundfunk 1999

Achatz von Müller (© WDR 99)

2:14 min

The word “semiconductor” is a reference to one of the most important technical inventions of the 20th century; but the German term “Halbleiter” literally translates “half a Leiter” (the German “Leiter” means “leader”).

This half-figure is reminiscent of the busts of celebrated professors previously found on display at universities. The figure moves in nine brief dances, apparently indicating directions with its arms.

It’s the danger to the machine

Thomas Zitzwitz, 1999

29:49 min