Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs


Time seems to have stood still at Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs, or Hendrichs Drop Forge, in Solingen. All machines are in their old places. Even today, scissors blanks are forged in the museum plant. The factory was part of the Solingen cutlery industry’s production system, which was spread all over the city. Industrial work, highly specialized crafts, mechanization, social conditions, the change of driving energy from water to steam and diesel to electricity: more than 3000 sqm of exhibition space are waiting to be discovered.

Cologne Game Lab


Futur III | 12.03.2022 - 19.03.2022

Students of the Cologne Game Lab (CGL) of the Technical University of Cologne (TH Köln) are transforming the historic Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs into a walk-in interactive experience space. Based on a game jam in which the project was conceived in competition with other teams and selected by a jury for implementation, an audiovisual layer is added to the museum, staging the site as a stage for human interaction. Maschinenklangwerk asks to actively explore the human drive behind industrial production and its energy consumption.


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