»Railway Stories - Artistic Research of the Train Journey & site specific art«

Explore research practices regarding train travel and work on your portfolio


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.

Learning objectives

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.


*There are no additional costs for train journeys in Thuringia within the framework of the course excursions.

The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.

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.

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.

2. Documents

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«

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.

With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.

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