History of Velocity

by Pedro Gómez-Egaña

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).


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

Performed at Meteor Festival, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, 2015