street(mod)subway

street mod subway

The subway system eats wormholes through the city. Wormholes are theorized to be points where the space time grid is folded onto itself, and the non-sequitur points that touch each other become chutes to another time and place. In Manhattan, the subway makes it so that certain points in space (subway stations) that are not contingent are connected virtually by these jumps in continuity, leaps through space. The subway in effect maps all of the subway stations onto each other, and distances on the map of Manhattan can be reevaluated based on their distances from the subway.

In math, mods are a way of expressing how numbers are equivalent to each other based on their remainders when divided by a common number. For instance,

8=1mod7 (because 8 / 7 = 71+1, so 8/7 has a remainder of 1), and
15 =1mod7 (because 15/7 = 7
2+1m so 15/7 has a remainder of 1).
1=1mod7 (because 1/7 = 0*7+1).

Thus, with respect to 7, the numbers 1, 8, and 15, are somehow equivalent…
8=15=1mod7.

What is really happening is that all the numbers that are the same distance from a multiple of 7 are being mapped onto each other. I want to use this process for an analysis of how the subway relates to the city. I apply the mods system to the subway: all the streets that are the same distance (number of blocks) from any stop of the 1 train are being mapped onto each other.

The result is a complex topology that is a true Manhattan street grid on a local level, yet at a larger scale it folds and doubles over onto itself, skewing distance relationships to create new ones, reminiscent of how the wormhole warps the space-time plane. In using it, one finds a given location on the grid map, then the model is contorted into a fan-shaped index that places streets that are equal distances from the different 1 train stops on the same concentric radius in the fan. By counting out units from the center, it is clear where all the street points stand in relation to the subway station. It is a book of the map of Manhattan that is enlivened by the hand.