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Tokyo Subway Passengers in (Stop) Motion

Monday, April 18, 2005 Posted: 10:50 AM JST [PHOTOS]

Studies by artist David Crawford of passengers on Tokyo subway trains. Crawford calls them experimental documentaries. Very revealing.

Artistís Statement:

"It is said that 90% of human communication is non-verbal. In these photographs, the body language of the subjects becomes the basic syntax for a series of animations exploring movement, gesture, and algorithmic montage. Many sequences document a personís reaction to being photographed by a stranger. Some smile, others snarl, still others perform. Some pretend not to notice. Underneath all of this are assumptions and unknowns unique to each situation.

The Stop Motion Studies extend my long-standing interest in narrative and, in particular, look at the subway as a stage upon which social dynamics and individual behavior are increasingly mediated by digital technology. As one of the most vibrant and egalitarian networks in our cities, subways bring people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds into close contact with each other. This process plays a significant role in shaping both the character of a city as well as our individual identities."

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