There is certain universality in the layout of underground systems around the world, a common sense of directionality, a familiar code to read metro maps and navigate the system; the absence of natural light that gives the underground a consistent light; there are also codes of regulated behavior that might vary from culture to culture, and to which passengers adhere.
If stars are lit
It means there is someone who needs it,
It means someone wants them to be,
That someone deems those specks of spit
Magnificent!” ~Vladimir Mayakovsky
"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ~G.K. Chesterton
Departing from St-Petersburg, we ourselves will engage in international metro research and base our observations in a variety of criteria such: language of the metro maps, functionality of the metro, schedules, building aspects, lighting, sustainability of the metro infrastructure, behavior of passengers, the spoken and unspoken rules of conduct. We envision to develop visual narratives of our metro observations in a variety of media and language expressions, and juxtaposing our perceptions with the data collected digitally from passengers worldwide. It is our hope that this work will unveil commonalities of human behavior in connection to city traveling, and will foster awareness and empathy about the way we relate to our fellow citizens in our native and foreign transit environments, often drenched by anonymity and isolation.