I think the key image of the 20th century is the man in the motor car. It sums up everything: the elements of speed, drama, aggression, the junction of advertising and consumer goods with the technological landscape. The sense of violence and desire, power and energy; the shared experience of moving together through an elaborately signalled landscape.
We spend a substantial part of our lives in the motor car, and the experience of driving condenses many of the experiences of being a human being in the 1970s, the marriage of the physical aspects of ourselves with the imaginative and technological aspects of our lives. I think the 20th century reaches its highest expression on the highway. Everything is there: the speed and violence of our age; the strange love affair with the machine, with its own death.
Narration for Crash (1971), JG Ballard
Pasajes III is a portrait of Jakarta, Indonesia seen though the eyes of its congested roads.
“The daily jams are not going to ease in the near future. Indeed, by most official estimates, they are likely to worsen, until sometime in 2014, when Jakarta will attain total traffic gridlock. Vehicles will take up every single inch of available space on roads and highways, leaving the city like a scene from a dystopian fantasy”*
Pasajes III portraits these complex statistics.
* Jam Jakarta, The Economist, Indonesia, Feb 4th 2010