“In the underbelly of bustling cities around the world, millions of commuters cross paths every day, each carrying a unique story”. This is the concept that motivated French filmmaker Hervé Cohen in his recent artistic endeavour, Life Underground.
The Life Underground project, supported by UITP, shares the personal stories of metro passengers from cities all over the world, drawing a unique focus onto the ‘human aspect’ of public transport.
Since June 2016, Cohen has filmed 14 city subways—provided by supportive UITP members—in Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Madrid, Montreal, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Shenzhen, Stockholm, Tokyo, Taipei, and Warsaw.
The videos have resulted in an interactive web documentary, launched officially today, 13 March, on the Life Underground project website: www.life-underground.com. The documentary inspires a deep human connection, and empathy, as people share their stories of love, dreams, family, and much more.
The launch of the Life Underground project coincides with the highly-acclaimed South by Southwest International festival in Austin, Texas, where an immersive video installation of the web documentary will be on display from 9-15 March.
The art installation has already been featured in Los Angeles to celebrate the anniversary of the ‘Red Line’, where the video installation left thousands of people impressed and moved by its content. TV5Monde has already reported on this event.
Life Underground is an ongoing project, and hopes to have filmed at least 20 metros by the end of 2018. The art installation is transportable to any metro station or exhibition space all over the world. For those interested in joining the project or temporarily hosting the art installation in their metro stations, please contact Laurence Milon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy and proud to have been a part of this creative project to promote public transport, and particularly, the people who choose a public transport lifestyle.
Watch the documentary here!