Road movies maintain a common ground: travel as social criticism and self exploration. The role of mobility in societies reflects the relationship between man and the ephemeral. The relationship of man and the ephemeral is examined through the notions of time and space of movement, as illustrated in road movies.
Time of movement shapes the identity of the subject and their relationship with space. Transition explores the parallel change in space and identity through movement. Continuity disregards space and the identity of the nomad or vagabond lingers ‘in-between’. Repetition creates a connection with space through the effect of territoriality. Predictability of movement allows a mental mapping of space and time.
Space of the car transforms human mobility. Car and person are part of a liminal being˙ the motorized person, or driver, is the evolution of the human body. Roadscape in transit creates visual sequences to the passenger. The structures of Roadscape (motel, gas station, diner) are spaces where moving identities interact. Movement beyond the organized road system consists movement through ‘empty’ space and induces defibrillation of the body and redefines the identity of oneself.
In the age of new mobility the postmodern identity eludes stability and seeks the ephemeral