Kim, Amanda, Angela: In Transit: routes and experience
My idea for this path focuses on an ever changing city with many people moving within it: transit and transition. As this project (Maraya) is linking Vancouver and Dubai, I think that these rapid transitions are important to recognize as common to both cities.
Vancouver and Dubai are both building up, and fast. They are both viewed as beautiful scenic buzzing stations, with up and coming opportunities for those looking to make-it in the big city.
This idealized view of a prosperous city is interesting to me in relationship to the reading our SOCS class did by Doreen Massey "A Global Sense of Place." Massey points out how "time-space compression" in an unequal factor contributing to further isolation of particular groups.
I feel that Vancouver is finding a way to alienate the less fortunate, pushing out the poor, saving only space for the rich.
With the booming construction, and high-rise condo's allowing off shore buyers to scoop up real estate, diminishing opportunities for locals to buy property or to afford it.
I followed the lead of Kim. The title has become the setting for my following images; describing subtleties from a transit rider's route. What facilitates the experience of the commuter's route from point A to B? Handle bars, trash bins, buttons, benches, schedules, maps, pathways, patterns, textures and more. Every object or sensation provides us with our next thought or decision along the way. Referencing Latour's ANT theory, these objects can be classified as mediators. They determine where and when you cross the road, how you throw out your garbage, protect you from the rain, and act as your trusting guide. The travel distance was over the time of 1hr and 30min (Delta to Vancouver). Much more was captured, but I'm still left with the emptiness that there is much missing from the transit rider's experience.
I wonder what has been your best experience during a transit ride from the objects or features in your environment?
Angela/ Third Section
When I looked at the first two sections from Kim and Amanda, I could see a progress of images of the city from certain angles, to more complex angles, viewpoints, more interesting subject matter and then evolving into playing with more identifiable objects (signs, garbage bins, benches) From the title, Routes and Experiences, I wanted to then explore integrating human-interaction with the routes- thus creating new experiences. From combining images of people in different "scenes" I tried to portray these experiences evolving, and tieing them back to street-signs, benches, etc. At the end I added the dog- a little playful part to create a new sort of experience, to add a sence of "networks" where anything can be included and explored... nothing is off-topic! Which gives plenty of space for experimenting and having fun :)