Wittenau-Hermannstraße

Exploring the visualization of the concepts of isolation and interaction with regard to public transport

CLIENT

Personal Project

completion

March 2016

Type

Experimental, Digital Media

tools

After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Canon 5D

An exploration of the concepts of loneliness and commonality with regard to public transport. Erving Goffman wrote in 1963 in “Behaviour in Public Places”, about human behavior in public spaces and their nonverbal interactions. Theses which are still noticeable up to now and have hardly changed into at all. Within the framework of his analyses, visual and acoustic translations were designed using a wide range of visualization techniques. All data were collected on the subway line 8 in Berlin and were collected between October 2015 and January 2016. The project is based on the theses of Goffman, which were analyzed and reinterpreted in a context of our time.

CLIENT

Personal Project

completion

March 2016

Type

Experimental, Digital Media

tools

After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

An exploration of the concepts of loneliness and commonality with regard to public transport. Erving Goffman wrote in 1963 in “Behaviour in Public Places”, about human behavior in public spaces and their nonverbal interactions. Theses which are still noticeable up to now and have hardly changed into at all. Within the framework of his analyses, visual and acoustic translations were designed using a wide range of visualization techniques. All data were collected on the subway line 8 in Berlin and were collected between October 2015 and January 2016. The project is based on the theses of Goffman, which were analyzed and reinterpreted in a context of our time.

thesis 01

seating choice

Regarding the topic of seating in the wagon. Different arrangements of seating options were analyzed. There is a tendency to occupy the farthest free space to strangers when choosing a seat.

thesis 02

indifference

This visualization displays the topic of polite indifference. If the user encounters strangers on public transport, the user shows appreciation to others only by short direct glances.

thesis 03

Behavioural Patterns

This video gives impressions on behavioral patterns related to everyday situations in the subway.

thesis 04

Body language

In regard to non-verbal communication with strangers. Above all, it describes the aspect of posture in the context of one’s own positioning in the public space, among other things with regard to gender differences.

thesis 05

approachability

This project deals with the willingness for verbal communication with strangers. At the individual stations, the volume in the wagon was analyzed at different times.

thesis 06

minimal engagements

An analysis of the terms main and minimum exposure. An occupation that bridges the waiting between entering and exiting the subway train is called minimum engagement.

Thesis 07

These texts are conversations between individuals with different physical distances. It was observed to what extent the distance between the persons has an effect on the conversation content.

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