Saturday, September 11, 2004

Transport Ticket Ideas

One of my Budapest public transport tickets. I have enough of these to wallpaper a room. But I was hoping someone out there had a better idea. Origami something or other? If anyone has any cool ideas for an art project utilizing these babies, I would appreciate your input. Please post your idea as a comment.


At 8:24 PM, Blogger svm said...

perhaps do some research into local hungarian paper makers? the salmony color ground up would make a lovely pulp with flecks of the others throughout...

At 4:44 AM, Blogger andrew s.yang said...

I like the shiny strip. Could these be used as the main element to pay attention to, composing ("drawing") a image or shape out of the shiny parts?

Ordering them in rows or some other shape by units of time (days, the hour of purchase, etc) may generate it's own aesthetically pleasing pattern?
--> The ticket numbers are interesting this a way to know how many people bought tickets in between your bouts of riding? There is something both anonymous and collectively mysterious about a ticket that signifies that and gives such indications of action and presence.


I think SVM's idea of making your own paper from them is wonderful! And once you have sheets of that, there are so many possibilites--from origami to drawing maps of your preferred subway route on the paper you create...

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Irma Vep said...

Wonderful ideas! And all things that hadn't occurred to me. Thank you both so much for your time and creativity. Unfortunately, a-n-d-y, the numbers do not signify the order in which individual tickets are sold, because I buy them in booklets of twenty, but yes, that would be magical and mysterious both if one could track such things in this way.

Now I must implement. I will let you know what I end up doing. What if I run out of tickets and in order to complete my project I have to ride public transport gratuitously? Hilarious.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Indeterminacy said...

Try looking for the meaning of life in your old tickets ;-)

Bus ticket from the sixties

István Örkény wrote the one-minute short story titled All the things you have to know in 1963. He had simply copied the instructions from the back of a bus ticket of the time, then gave it a new title. With this gesture, he provided the text with extra meaning.

"It is valid to travel in two tariff-zones, within one hour, with four transfers at the most, on the shortest route from the boarding station to the end station. One can transfer only at road crossings or junctions and at the terminal, but only to a bus, whose route differs from the route of the bus used previously. During one trip you can use only one route and one bridge on the Danube. Roundabout travel and interruption of travel is forbidden!"

Zsuzsa Radnóti, Mrs. István Örkény
Assistant director

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Indeterminacy said...

P.S. I didn't really answer the original post, so here's my second attempt: Make a collage / mural with the tickets of a giant "42", then paste this "meaning of life" story to it. What a statement that would be!

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Irma Vep said...


This is really cool! I love the concept: it's similar to Picasso calling the bicycle handlebars "toro" and giving them new life. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention!

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