Mass Rapid Transit

MASS RAPID TRANSIT is a significant facility to observe and contemplate modern life and the intersection of social relations.
This is especially true for a country with low private car ownership like Singapore where I am currently residing.

To continue my exploration of the relationships between humans and their urban environments,
this work looks into the habitual routine manifested by urban space and the consistency and repetition of urban life by
tracing the movement of MRT passengers during morning peak hours.

The density of the crowds and the line formations and design corresponds to the assembly lines of industry and mass manufacturing.
Commuters appear as products on a system of conveyors, orderly going through a sequential process and then subsequently dispatched.
The work aims to challenge existing notions about orderliness. We often forget that 'disorderliness' is a fundamental trait to 'liveliness' in life.

I stand as a distanced outsider during the filming but I eventually join the line to be dispatched to work as well. 

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2015
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  • Logging In Exhibition
    Kuala Lumpur
    August 19, 2015
Director Biography

CheeJen Ho was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1991. She received her Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication from the University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

She creates media artwork and photos, engages her thought with visual artworks. She concerns on construction and deconstruction of social structure. Due to her special interest in urban landscape, she started to examine the relationship between urban nature and human behavior, also included sociology studies into her works. Her works have been exhibited in several group exhibitions in United Kingdom.

Jen currently lives and works in Singapore.

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