Metropolitan Train


Ink impregnated wooden ball on suspended drawing board

The instance of bumping into another while on a voyage. The long commute, the bumps, falls, the forgetful chaos, and sudden stops. What if the momentum of a journey could be captured visually? This automated drawing machine brings to life the invisible instances that occur in a metropolitan train. Movement is reflected by a wooden ball rolling on a suspended drawing board, mapping the vehicle’s direction and acceleration over time. Following the dance of the metro as it weaves through tunnels, a trail of calligraphy ink records the forces felt by passengers in their crossing through the transitory public space.


Lili Tayefi & Jean Sebastian Munera