»Slapstick meets Architecture: Moving Landscapes I«

Create the train-theatre: architectural landscape productions along the railroad

Imagine yourself sitting in a train and all at once you see unexpected things happen in the landscape: trees are moving, houses are covered with snow in the middle of summer, or people suddenly freeze in the setting. Looking out of the trains window is like looking at a screen. The travellers observe the landscape and find themselves in a movie-like situation.

The project »Moving Landscapes« turns this dream-like scenario into reality. It takes place within the framework of the Kunstfest Weimar. »Moving Landscapes« brings performance, installation, mechanical theatre and music together into a “synthesis of the arts“. The premiere will be celebrated, after a two-year preparation, on 26 and 27 August 2017 in the thuringian valley of the river Saale. Travellers will become the spectators of a work which expands east of the railroad between the cities of Jena and Naumburg – the settings will be covering more than 30 places.

Be part of this exceptional landscape production! The course »Slapstick meets Architecture – Moving Landscapes I« is a unique course of the Bauhaus Summer School 2017, as you will step into the final phase of the project »Moving Landscapes« and carry it to the premiere. The project deals with the growing division of society, which comes into conflict here symbolically: The people travelling from big cities, such as Berlin and Munich, vs. the rural population reacting to these travellers.

In »Slapstick meets Architecture – Moving Landscapes I« you will build an architectural installation. Starting from Weimar you will visit the scenes on the railroad almost every day, where you will manufacture your work directly on-site. You will either delevop the concept for the installation on your own or revert to drafts from students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The houses as seen in the Buster Keaton movie »Steamboat Bill jr.« (1928) shall serve as an inspirational source.

Educational objectives:

  • Work on an achievable concept which illustrates specific design ideas
  • Experience the traditional, architectural, structural effect of your own work during the realisation
  • Learn to structure a time-limited conceptual design/work with low-budget and low-time
  • Learn about oriented work in a collaborative and collective process
  • Analyse the conflict between cities and villages; discuss the social-spatial phenomena and reactions through architectural and artistic interventions

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you. 

Jan Philip Stapel, Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Architect

born 1979 in Helmstedt, Lower Saxony

  • 1998 - 2001: training as a carpenter
  • 2006 - 2012: Architecture studies (Diploma), HTWK Leipzig
& Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey
  • 2013 - 2015: Assistant at KisterScheithauerGroß architects and urban planners, Leipzig
  • 2015/16: Research Assistant, Faculty for Architecture and Social Sciences, HTWK Leipzig
  • 2016: foundation member of  OCTAGON Architekturkollektiv as an interdisciplinary planning group between the poles of spatial design and social issues
  • lives in Leipzig and deals with topics about interaction in public space

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive 3 credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

The course addresses students in the fields of architecture, visual arts, design or similar. The course is open to bachelor and master students.  

The course language in English. Therefore good command of English is required.

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Portfolio: Introduce three of your projects that reflect your strengths and interests

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Slapstick Meets Architecture«
  • Name of pdf file »Slapstick_Architecture_family name_first name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 10 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 600 EURO
for students & alumni

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • 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

Courses that might be interesting for you...

»Moving Landscapes«

This course is one of two special courses of the BSS 2017 which takes place in the context of the art project »Moving Landscapes«. Would you rather like to accompany the project with a camera and shoot your own documentation? Then the course »Poetic Observations: Moving Landscapes II« might suit you.

Find out more about the art project in this short video of the test run, which took place 2015 (In German only):

Project partners

»Moving Landscapes« is a project of Datenstrudel and Hohes Gut e.V. in cooperation with JenaKultur, Kunstfest Weimar and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.