"Railway Knots" is an English-taught class examining the convergence of technology, people, and the environment by analyzing and envisioning the potential of disused former interlocking towers (Stellwerke). Through a cooperation with Deutsche Bahn (DB), the class offers exclusive access to towers in Thuringia, providing students with firsthand exploration opportunities and direct engagement with DB employees. Digitalization has rendered these towers obsolete, and they often remain unused. Students delve into the historical significance and architectural features of interlocking towers, as well as constraints and security considerations. Through practical case studies, they explore new functions, drawing from theory and field research, and learn about interdisciplinary projects in the railway context.
Exhibition of our results at Weimar main train station We reimagine the repurposing of interlocking towers in the coming decades, through sustainable practices and community engagement. The field research covers both still functioning towers as well as disused ones in different places in Thuringia. Through meaningful exchanges with DB personnel, students gain first hand experience with relevant professionals from the industry. In the second half of the class, students craft interactive art posters, elevating their work to an exhibition which will take place at Weimar main train station and at the university campus in the main building. Students practice their presentation skills and gather feedback from their peers, class guests and train passengers.
Context of this class
"Railway Knots" is a class part of a series of interdisciplinary seminars realized in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, at Bauhaus University Weimar and Berlin University of Arts. For more information and impressions of previous classes check @sitespecificideas and #gesternstellwerk. Natalia has been working as an artist and curator and teaching in and about the railway context since 2017. She regularly organizes exhibitions for train passengers, curated through open calls, as well as public discussions connecting railway employees with a mixed public. For any questions please contact Natalia at email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Die Veranstaltung wird als studentisches »Bauhaus.Modul« durchgeführt und steht allen Bachelor- und Masterstudierenden der Fakultäten Architektur und Urbanistik, Bauingenieurwesen, Kunst und Gestaltung sowie Medien offen. Bitte halten Sie vor der Anmeldung Rücksprache mit Ihrer Fachstudienberatung und klären Sie, ob diese Veranstaltung in ihrem Curriculum angerechnet werden kann. Bei Bedarf schließen Sie vor Veranstaltungsbeginn ein Learning Agreement ab.