Germany, Weimar

Railway Stories - Artistic Research of the Train Journey

when 2 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Many people travel by train on a daily basis. But what if the routine train journey becomes an out-of-the-ordinary experience along the way?

This course explores research practices regarding train travel. It focuses on everyday travel, while it sets a theoretical and practical context for participants to develop their own (art) projects, which will be inspired by these travels.

Trains synchronised the clocks across the world and eventually achieved a multifaceted coherence of the rearranged landscape. The widely spread out initial feedback was harsh with respect to the experience of space: “On one hand, the railway opened up new spaces that were previously not easily accessible, and on the other hand, it did so by destroying space, namely the space in between points, or the travel area” (Schivelbusch, "The Railway Journey: The Industrialisation of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century", 2014).

Think spatially and apply documentation techniques of capturing the otherwise transitory every day!

This course focuses on this "travel area" by various practices of "looking" at it, in the sense that Horowitz uses in her text ("On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes", 2013).
During the first week, the students will use various mediums to document train travels through Thuringia in order to transform their first-hand observations into the beginnings of their own trains of thought. The travels include journeys on regional trains and the time spent waiting for trains as well as visiting former industrial spaces of the Deutsche Bahn, which have been out of use for the past few years. The students will be introduced to a specific type of building – the former signal towers of the German railway, which offer a different visual perspective of the railway. During the first week, we will also look at projects involving art and trains and we will welcome guests who will present their relevant works.

Extend your artistic portfolio!

During the second week, the students will develop their documentations into their own (art) works in different mediums of their choice, for example, photo, video, drawing, text, sound, concept or architectural models. At the end of the second week, we will publicly present our works in an exhibition.

Course leader

Natalia Irina Roman

Target group

This course is open to students with a background in MFA:
MA in Literature / Design / Media / Architecture / City Planning / Urbanism / City Development / Liberal Arts. Advanced Bachelor's students and young professionals in the above mentioned fields can also apply.

Course aim

• artistic research
• public art
• site-specific art
• analytical writing
• presentation skills

Fee info

EUR 700: The course fee is 700 EUR.


The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 500 EUR for students.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar