Artistic Research of the Train Journey at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

University of Bauhaus
Germany Full Time
Bachelor's Onsite

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 synchronized 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).

The average number of hours per week 40

The average number of participants per group/course 12

ECTS credits (max.)3

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Course Details:

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.

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.

Enrollment Requirements:

This price includes

  • Course fees
  • Accompanying program


The fee also includes teaching materials, free use of the library, and a Bauhaus Summer School ID card. This card allows you to eat at a reduced rate in the cafeterias, visit museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the local cinema “mon ami” for free, take the bus in the city, and travel by train in Thuringia.

Teaching Language:


Costs/Tuition Fees:

EUR 500

Language Requirements:

Teaching language

  1. English

Language level of course

  1. English: B1, B2, C1, C2




About the University/Institution:

The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is a university located in Weimar, Germany, and specializes in the artistic and technical fields. Established in 1860 as the Great Ducal Saxon Art School, it gained collegiate status on 3 June 1910. In 1919 the school was renamed Bauhaus by its new director Walter Gropius and it received its present name in 1996. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled at the university today. In 2010 the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar commemorated its 150th anniversary as an art school and college in Weimar.

In 2019 the university celebrated the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, together with partners all over the world.

Application Deadline:

May 01, 2020

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