Art & movement in public transport networks of contemporary metropolises

Souliotou, Anastasia Zoi (2011) Art & movement in public transport networks of contemporary metropolises. (MA(R) thesis), Kingston University, .


The subject of this project-based research is art produced in relation to movement in Public Transport Networks of Contemporary Metropolises. Moving in Public Transport networks is the epitome of contemporary city pulse. Intensive studies are being undertaken in order to estimate, control and depict the flow of particles/agents (people and vehicles) within them. Further than individual photography and recording, Intelligent Transport Systems are made to meet the above objective; Google Street View, CCTV, Traffic Jam-Cams, Google Earth etc. Much of this apparatus is publicly available and has led to an unprecedented collective voyeurism. What is art’s response to the use of this apparatus and its imagery? The art projects in the present research make use of digital tools and virtual imagery to depict movement in London City and particularly in London Streets and London Tube. Many artworks are created electronically, but in others one can see the subversion of bringing virtual imagery back to materiality. In this way art brings together the physical with the virtual and reflects this dual experience of contemporary city.

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