Railway Stories is an international class on artistic research of the every day train travels, scheduled for the Summer Semester 2021 (postponed from SoSe 2020 due to the Corona situation), at Bauhaus University in Weimar. This is a practice class including travel by regional trains through Thuringia and work on an art portfolio inspired by these travels. The class is included in the curriculum of the Bauhaus Summer School, and is open for enrolment for students from MFA programmes, Master programmes of Literature, Architecture, City Planning, Design, City Development, Public Art, Liberal Arts, as well as advanced Bachelor students and young professionals in the above mentioned areas.
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.