»Railway Stories - Artistic Research of the Train Journey & Site Specific Art«
Discover the creative potential of train travel!
Many people travel by train on a daily basis. But what if the everyday train journey becomes an extraordinary experience along the railway tracks?
In this two-week intensive course, we examine, analyse and discuss research practices of train travel – both in theory and in practice. The focus will be on everyday journeys as well as on working together to design a practical and theoretical framework for developing our own (art) projects, inspired by these journeys.
Synchronizing the world through the train schedule
Trains synchronized the clocks worldwide. This influences our experience of space and time – back then until today: "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" - Wolfgang Schivelbusch, historian.
Improve your spatial thinking & apply effective documentation techniques
In this workshop, we will analyse this travel area in more detail, using different practices of observing. With the help of various media, we will document our train journeys through Thuringia with all its facets: the actual travelling with regional trains as well as the typical waiting periods in between.
The course program also includes visits to exciting places such as out-of-use industrial sites or former signal towers of the Deutsche Bahn, offering us a new, different perspective on railways. In addition, we will deal with inspiring art and educational projects regarding train travel and welcome guests who will present their relevant.
Expand your artistic portfolio
In the second week, you will develop your own projects and (art) work based on the observations and documentations you have made so far. You are free to choose the forms and media that fits your purpose: from photo, video or drawing, text or sound to concept or architectural models – everything is possible. At the end of the course, we will have the opportunity to present and discuss our work during a public exhibition.
Natalia Irina Roman | www.nataliairinaroman.eu
- City researcher, artist
- Fine Arts (Bard College Berlin), Master of Public Policy (Hertie School of Govemance)
- Since 2018 initiator and curator of an art residency in former trailers, in cooperation with Projekthaus Potsdam and InWole e.V
- Since 2016 initiator, artist and curator of the project Along the Lines
- Artistic Consultant, 2012-16, non-profit Hertie Foundation, Berlin, Concept and Art Work, exhibition organization
- Since 2010 initiator, artist and curator of the platform Site Specific Ideas
- Location Manager, 2010-11, 61st Berlinale, European Film Market, Exhibition Organization
- Project assistant of the curators and the project manager, 2008-10, Martin-Gropius-Bau, exhibition organization
1. Online Registration
In order to register, please complete our registration form.
Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.
- Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
- English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
- Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
Please note the following points:
- Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
- Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
- Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«
ONLY COMPLETE AND CORRECTLY NAMED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED!
3. Selection Process
All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.
A maximum of 12 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.