Arteries of Asphalt, Veins of Steel
In the mid-1960s, as the automobile began to reshape European infrastructure on an unprecedented scale. The Swedish Geographer Torsten Hägerstrand first described practical distance as a function of the time it takes to get from A to B, including additional constraints such as the cost and ease of travel.
To the mind, there isn’t much difference between getting on a train, a car or, especially, a plane (although commuters in traffic jams may object) and teleportation: the enclosed microcosm of the vehicle moving through space with a speed otherwise out of reach for the human body, contracts the physical reality and brings infrastructural hubs (big cities) close by, while pushing isolated areas away.
Films in this programme
(US 2001, 09:45 mins)
(NL 1968, 09:15 mins)
(NL 1999, 18:21 mins)
(US 1905, 05:38 mins)
(US 2004, 49:54 mins)