Get Back to Your [Life]

Get Back To Your [Life] was created in support of the South Corridor Study conducted by the Greater Nashville Regional Council. It offered people the opportunity to share their thoughts and experience with area transit planners through an interactive art project. Answers from a short online survey were incorporated into the work in real time. Shared via live-stream and public events, the project helped middle Tennesseans shape a better future for area transit.

About the Project

The project was produced in partnership with the Greater Nashville Regional Council in support of the South Corridor Study. The study worked to identify a series of short-, mid-, and long-term recommendations to implement the vision for rapid transit between Nashville, Berry Hill, Oak Hill, Brentwood, Franklin, Thompson‘s Station, Spring Hill, and Columbia Tennessee, as well as other neighborhoods, communities, employment centers, and destinations along the South Corridor. Find out more here!

Imagining a Better Future

Get Back to Your [Life] helped identify the challenges of maneuvering throughout the South Corridor while prompting a collective imagination of a better future. The work used a short survey to gather information about travel challenges, habits, and transit preferences along the south corridor. Answers to survey questions were incorporated into the piece when they were submitted allowing participants to share their mobility challenges and visions with transit analysts, other participants and everyone viewing the piece.

Community Engagement

Get Back to Your [Life] was presented in both English and Spanish, and shared via live-stream and public outreach events. People could participate in the project online or at the community events.

How it Worked

Once the user submitted their answers to the survey the information was incorporated into the piece within a few minutes: musical notes and visuals changed based on user travels within the corridor, and their lifestyle choices were spoken aloud in a collective imagining of what a better future could look like.

The visual elements of the work outline the major traffic patterns of the South Corridor.

From Nashville, at the top, I-65 and State Route 31 extend southward down to Columbia outlined by the moving white points of light. The effervescent pillars that appear and disappear are situated based on proposed locations of future transit hubs. The colored lines that move up and down the corridor represent the travels of users as indicated by the zip-codes and travel destinations collected in the survey. Musical notes are based on the length of travel between the various origins and destinations.

This work was originally produced in association with the Greater Nashville Regional Council as part of the South Corridor Study. © Aaron Hoke Doenges, 2019.