Traffic is a mesmerising mirrored video work by JD Haigh, accompanied by music from Luke Ellis. The work is site-specific to Birmingham and the original footage was taken as the winter daylight faded into dusk during rush-hour on the Ashton Express Way. Traffic is a reflection upon the tendency of town planners to have droves of deadly cars as a main system of transport, especially alongside areas of human habitation and commerce.
Paradoxically, the mirrored effect and choice of framing plays with notions of aesthetics and beauty. This section of the ring road contains an S-shaped curve. This curve is known in architecture as a serpentine line or 'ogee', described by William Hogarth in Analysis of Beauty (1753), as a 'line of beauty'. This 'line of beauty' was inadvertently drawn, out of ignorance, or nihilism, by the original town planners.
Traffic evokes an urgency to erase the noxious atmosphere created by the cars, but retain the architectural aesthetic or 'curve' that was originally built to support them.