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Road Movie

2004 | 16mins | Colour
By Mieke Bal & Shahram Entekhabi

Genre: Performance
Audio; no dialogue

It didn’t look like this on the brochure
Depending on when one enters the gallery space, the one-shot film looks either like a still photograph, evoking a traditional landscape painting, or like a film. On a four-lane highway, dangerously close to the cars, on the edge of a green median stripe of hollow road, a man is walking. The man in the somewhat shabby, slightly out-of-style, but very proper suit and black shoes just walks away, his back turned to us. He carries two old cardboard suitcases. He walks fast and disappears into the distance, into nothingness.

Then something happens again. Turning from a small speck into a recognizable figure once more, the man returns, thereby relieving the tension created by his absence. Was he sent back at the other end, refused entry or chased away, or did he return because the destination had nothing to offer? Or, alternatively, did he return in belated acknowledgement of the viewer?

Road Movie appeared at “How Many Angels Can Dance On the Head of a Pin?” curated by Christopher Marinos. “Heaven”, 2nd Athens Biennal, June 15 – October 4, 2009.

12 euro for the DVD and please add 8 euro for shipping. The DVD has all 4 performance films of GAPS (Road Movie, The Alcazar, Caution and Rockefeller Boulevard).

To acquire a DVD, you make a donation to my current film project. You then send an e-mail to with your address you wish the DVD to be sent. Please also include the details of your transfer (bank account no., name and date of transfer).
M.G. Bal
IBAN: NL85ABNA0949591297

Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
1082 PP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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