As part of a series of artworks commissioned for the Jubilee line, Daria Martin has undertaken a survey to discover passengers' daydreams as they travel on the Jubilee line.
Using a questionnaire designed in the 1970s by Auke Tellegen and adapted for her project, Martin conducted a face to face survey of 800 passengers at ten different Jubilee line stations in order to uncover their susceptibility to 'absorption,' i.e. to getting wrapped up in their own inner world or their subjective perceptions.
Martin has also been visiting the Freud Museum, based near the North West end of the Jubilee line, and took photographic images of the objects on Freud's desk. A selection of the varied responses to the questionnaire and to Martins simple question "What have you been daydreaming about on the Tube?" have been combined with the images of these objects from the Freud Museum to make a series of new, poster based, artworks. These will be presented across the Tube network from mid-August onwards.
Travelling underground, or spending any length of time there, is not a natural human inclination. Martin wanted to find out to what extent people travelling on the Tube use self imposed psychological tricks on themselves as a distraction from the reality of being under the ground. It seems that one thing people do is to mentally transport themselves elsewhere, into the realms of fantasy. These daydreams can take myriad forms; they have occasionally been transformed into artworks by some artists and have even been the subject of analysis by psychologists. More often than not though they go unnoticed, even by the daydreamers themselves. What ever Tube users do mull over when they travel is, naturally, influenced by the environment around them; its design, atmosphere and visual language, as well as the wider context and culture of London itself and beyond. In other words, the contents of any body's daydreams are a reflection of their everyday experiences.
Daria Martin's daydream survey is an attempt to present these fleeting images 'en masse' as a way of revealing surprising, or critical, aspects of the way we live our city based lives and how we deal with everyday situations.
Daria Martin is part of the Jubilee Line Series curated by TFLs Art on the Underground.
For info on further projects and to log on and join in by doing Daria Martin survey please visit http://art.tfl.gov.uk/