The History of Velocity

Zilberman Gallery. Photo by Chroma.

Zilberman Gallery. Photo by Chroma.

Photo by Kobie Nel.

Photo by Kobie Nel.

ArtBo, Bogotá, 2018

Art Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2018

Meteor Festival, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, 2015  

Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, 2015

The History of Velocity is a series of sculptures, photographs and performances based on a collection of car hood ornaments from the early to mid 20th century. These objects embody an interpretation of technological progress often understood in terms of a line: the line of the highway, the path of a rocket, the tracks of a train, electrical lines, etc.

The series takes these highly fetishised symbols, often animals, and attempts to apply contemporary technological dynamics onto them (networked relations, multi-directional speed, and blurred distinctions between organic and inorganic).

"...The dream of velocity is like being caught between the desire to glide in beautiful speed, and the paralysing possibility of the accident. There’s something erotic and monstrous about velocity..."

From:  Interview with Heather Jones in Contemporary Arts Stavanger

Music: adapted fragments from Ogives I, II, III and IV by Eric Satie
Performers: Marco Herløv Høst, Snorre Jeppe Hansen
Dramaturgical Advisor: Bojana Bauer
Development Advisor: Anne-Cécile Sibué-Birkeland
Text: Pedro Gómez-Egaña

Co-produced by BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, and Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger and The Arts Council Norway.


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