Metro Rail  2012-2014

Metro Rail is a multidisciplinary project that includes a series of horizontal and vertical panoramas and an experimental film that seeks to portray urban environments shot within and around the Washington DC Metro Rail transportation system. As an artist, I am particularly interested in the representation of interior and exterior urban spaces animated by 60 Hz electrical hum, mechanical sound and video surveillance cameras. I am interested in portraying the relationship between human life and urban environments and the sense of alienation and disorientation that may derive from traveling through and inhabiting these spaces. I believe that urban environments have a direct influence on human life and that architectural structures can be considered metaphors for the human body and vice-versa. In the Metro Rail panoramas, the superimposed black frame that sits on top of the images references the horizontal format of the trains with rounded cornered window openings. Within the context of this subject matter I am also interested in the representation of time and space within an artwork. In order to do so in Metro Rail, the images are compiled as panoramas and the experimental films are created shooting both video and time-lapse photography. All prints are archival digital inkjet prints mounted on DiBond. Metro Rail was made possible by an Arlington County Spot Light Grant and a Georgetown University Faculty Summer Research grant.

See videos: Metro Rail time lapseMetro Rail SelfieMetro Rail Maize 01Metro Rail Maize 02Metro Rail Doors Open Doors Shut Maize 03


• The Washington Post, September 5, 2014. "Roberto Bocci's art turns Metro into a form of time travel." Review by Vicky Hallett

• Washington DC. City Paper, September 15, 2014. "In Photography and Video, a Moody Paean to Washington's Metro System," review

• The Washington Post, November 29, 2014. "Roberto Bocci's Metro Rail." Review by Mark Jenkins

© RobertoBocci 2014. Click the images below  to enlarge