Choose your side

Attracted by the ambitious slogan of the MTR, “we do more than transporting people”, our project attempted to interpret the complex rationales underpinning the transportation station. We explored the intended and unintended influence of the MTR system on people’s everyday life. Two interrelated issues were at the center of our attention. What is the top-to-down regulation implemented by the the MTR authorities with the aim to control social conduct and produce “orderly and civilized” citizens? How those modes of discipline shape the bodily experience of travelers in the space of MTR? In parallel to the material production of space, we approached critically the discourses of the so-called “community connect”. Why and how the MTR visualizes and creates the idea of community, while the project is conducted outside of the community? Through ethnographic research, we collected ordinary people’s interpretations of the MTR discourse. We intend to further understand the social dynamics at play in the imagination of community by interacting with our audience.

 

Where does the border between control and compassion lie?
Photo by Svetlana Ilinskaya, At Sham Shui Po Station
25 August 2017

 

Where do you cross the line?
Photo by Svetlana Ilinskaya, At Sham Shui Po Station
24 August 2017

 

Are you a good citizen of the MTR nation?
Photo by Svetlana Ilinskaya, At Sham Shui Po Station
25 August 2017