On the Subway

A ride into the Underground world

How to make the most out of the time when it comes to travel on the subway? Scrolling, playing, reading, eating, peeping at the other passengers, trying to fall asleep, imagining things… There are places like New York, London, Paris, Naples or Madrid where the show on board is still often guaranteed, and there’s no shortage of entertainment and sources of inspiration. An example of this is definitely New York City Subway, which recently suggested real series such as those of Matthew Grabelsky, a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious, or Ben Rubin who started sketching on the iPad during his commute, before his Monsters. In Thomas Subtil & Clarisse Rebotier‘s project, on the other hand, wild animals from the savannah decided to go on a trip through the Paris Metro.

In recent years, London Underground has been the scene of performances like the “Shining” twins one by Derren Brown, to promote his psychological theme park attraction, and a real invasion of warriors to advertise the DVD release of 300: Rise of an Empire.

Another amazing performance is that of Bettina Banayan who tried to bring New Yorkers closer together, figuratively. Since this would seem almost impossible in the literal sense, the culinary school student decided to hop on the subway, ice a cake, and serve it to strangers. “New Yorkers aren’t very personable with each other,” she explained, “we’re constantly in people’s private space, especially on the subway. I think it’s important to have some kind of community.”

It must be also mentioned the Life and Love on the New York City Subway series by Stanley Kubrick and Down the Tube and Zone 1 by Paul Baldesare, which includes shots on the London Underground, in time frames running from 1987 until 2015.

1 Commento su On the Subway

  1. L’ha ribloggato su Evaporatae ha commentato:
    No, dai mi fa morire sempre… 😀


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