Along the Train Tracks is a class taught to Master students of the MFA Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University, during the Winter Semester 2017/18. Trains synchronized the clocks across the world and eventually achieved a multifaceted coherence of the re-arranged landscape. This workshop sets the focus on the travel space by various practices of looking at it. The students document two train travels, in order to eventually transform their first hand observations into beginnings of own trains of thought. The travels include the journeys by regional trains in Thuringia, waiting for trains, as well as visiting two former industrial spaces of the Deutsche Bahn, which have been out of use for the past few years. The students are introduced to this specific type of building, which offers a different point of viewing over the railway. The workshop literature excerpts demonstrate four different types of conversation relevant to the workshop topics and provide theoretical tools for researching, translating and transforming the travel experiences.
Here you can find a report about the class, written by Yağmur Ruzgar, one of the students.