A Tool for Loneliness - Please Stay Seated While the Vehicle’s in Motion
Exhibited in Gut Feelings 07/12/18 - 09/12/18
I am currently interested in the isolation that can occur through communication
devices in public spaces. Devices which initially are created to enable conversation globally instead are enabling an escalating loneliness. Developing
a need for instant gratification of response and mimicking interaction without
physicality. It is easier to talk through a screen now rather than engage with
the people that surround you. Lack of body language means it is now easier than ever to interpret the words of a friend in multiple different ways and
moods. Instead, a defensive stance can be created by the holding of a phone,
a protective barrier from the conversation of a physical person, an avoidance
Adaptions to this body language have meant that our peripherals are evolving,
with inventions such as traffic lights on the floor to enable convenient cross-
ings, there is now a new field of view. The phone is now a mediator of conversation, a transporter of words from one person to another. I am exploring this in relation to public transport as a platform of social escapism, a non-space.
Space where it is acceptable not to acknowledge the person next to you,
where the closest to a relationship is the recognition of someone who routinely
gets the same transport as you. A place where someone talking to you is an
Transport is a place where you are still for a set period of time yet are
continuously moving. A place of reflection of where you have been and preparation
for where you are going, a restorative period. It is also a period of confrontation, time to overinterpret and seek outside communication and distraction.
Is this a routine that enables transformation and recollection or does it add to
In this work, a fictional conversation takes place through the platform of a
phone, while on a bus, the act of overthinking begins and through one mind
we hear two perspectives. Peripherals play an important role, exploring what
is seen routinely but not appreciated.