»Poetic Observations: Moving Landscapes II«

Shoot your documentation!

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! In »Poetic Observations: Moving Landscapes II« you will document a participative art project in one of the most amazing regions of Germany. 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. Since this theme is at the core of the course, you will be able to work with formal and contextual aspects.

At the beginning of the course you will be introduced in the project »Moving Landscapes«. The development phase will then be an opportunity to explore various narrative forms of documentary films through the eyes of Bill Nicholas and to find the most adequate form for your project. Further information regarding structure, and more particularly the dramatic structure of a documentary, will be presented during the course. You will be introduced in the camera and sound technology. You will as well learn techniques to run interviews and exercise on the visual design and resolution of movies. The final documentation can be a portrait, a making-of or an artistic reflexion on the project or on the region. You can shoot your movie either on your own or in small groups with other participants.

Organisation of the course:

  1. Introduction of the project »Moving Landscapes«
  2. Research: Which place or people along the railroad am I interested in? Are there any comparable or opposite projects?
  3. Development of the concept: What am I interested in? What is the theme of the movie? documentary form do I chose? Which narrative perspective to use?
  4. Shooting preparation: resolution, interview techniques, camera and sound technology
  5. Cut editing: looking through the material, cutting, if necessary, voiceover and colour editing
  6. Presentation. The movies will be publishes on www.bewegtesland.de and will be part of a DVD that portrays the whole project

The course language is English.

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

Vaclav-Karel Harsa, Dipl. Mediengest.

geboren 1979 in Prag

  • 2015 – 2017: artistic associate at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Department Media Art & Design, Professorship Experimental Television with focus on film editing and -montage (expanded cinema)
  • since February 2013: freelance filmmaker (director, producer, cutter)
  • 2003 - 2012: studying Media Art & Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Filmography (selection):

  • 2016: "Letztes Jahr in Utopia", experimental documentary, (assistant director, assistant cutter)
  • 2015: "Lokaler Aktionsplan in Pössnek", documentary (director, producer, cutter)
  • 2015: "Inszenierung für vorbeifahrende Züge", theatre/performance/experimental movie (assistant producer)
  • 2014: "Ukrainische Nacht", Imagefilm (cutter)

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.  


  • Laptop
  • digital camera
  • first experiences in filmmaking would be of advantage

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 Poetic Observations«
  • Name of pdf file »Poetic_Observations_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 500 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
»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 contribute with own architectural installations to the project? Then the course »Slapstick meets Architecture: Moving Landscapes I« 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.

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