get back to your [life]

Imagine what you could do with more time in your day. Share your thoughts for middle Tennessee’s transit planning, and be a part of the art!

This project was created in support of the South Corridor Study being conducted by the Greater Nashville Regional Council. Offering your thoughts will help area transit analysts understand your mobility experiences and contribute to the art piece below. Fill out the short survey under the video, and your answers will be incorporated into our collective imagining of what a better of quality of life looks like in middle Tennessee (it will take a few minutes for your answers to be incorporated into the piece.)

About the [Project]

The project was produced in partnership with the Greater Nashville Regional Council in support of the South Corridor Study. The study will 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] helps identify the challenges of maneuvering throughout the South Corridor while prompting a collective imagination of a better future. The work uses a short survey (above) to gather information about travel challenges, habits, and transit preferences along the south corridor. Answers to survey questions are incorporated into the piece when they are submitted allowing participants to share their mobility challenges and visions with transit analysts, other participants and everyone viewing the piece.

How it Works

Once the user submits their answers to the survey the information is incorporated into the piece within a few minutes: musical notes and visuals change based on where the user travels within the corridor, and their lifestyle choices are 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.