New Metro

Zoe Mars

We never reach the end of New Metro’s escalator: it stretches on forever, and we’re left waiting for a future that will never arrive. The endlessly-generated descent incrementally and procedurally evolves over the course of the evening, referencing the visual vernacular of Melbourne’s City Loop and shifting through a palette of utopian modernist design tropes.

Riffing on unrealised subway projects from Melbourne’s past, New Metro reflects on unobtainable futures, alternative realities and disappointed plans. It imagines a future where failed space-age aspirations have manifested as a subterranean metro system, buried in the collective unconscious of the urban environment, connected to the surface but completely inaccessible. Stepping onto the escalators takes you nowhere--the ‘future that could have been’ is always just out of reach.

New Metro
Zoe Mars

Zoe Mars is an interdisciplinary artist who adores the outdated, the forgotten and the failed. She uses a mish-mash of drawing, performance, video and audio to create loving homages to classic sci-fi, technology and design, exploring themes of obsolescence and disappointment. Past projects include performance as the Ghost of Computers Past, a comic book about time travel, and an audio tour of an abandoned space museum.

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New MetroZoe Mars
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