Lokomotywownia (2016) is a site-specific installation located in a train repair depot in Krakow, Poland. The history of the region, its old technologies, its witness to the passing of time and the transient, are bought back into conversation through the rediscovery and intervention of the site. The train’s previous life and its trajectory of motion are mimicked in the reciprocal motion of the iPads – they are alive, the train is now stationary.
Motorised tracks are built inside one of the abandoned carriages, allowing the materiality of the site to define the structure of the recording device. The captured footage is then played back on eight iPads that move around the space mapping the carriage interior and re-tracing the exact path of the camera, spatially and temporally. As the iPads drift slowly across the surfaces of the abandoned railway carriage, the exact representation in scale is seen on the screens, highlighting the architectural site below. When the iPad glides over a hole in the train carriage the pre-record image reveals an empty space and the motorised track appears to vanish.