CITY VELOCITIES - BODY SPEEDS (2012)
Trams, android smart phones, industrial fans, custom-made software, wind.
City Velocities - Body Speeds is a project focusing on tactile experience of travel speed in urban environment. In the time of digital mediation and visualization of all real and physical, the project insists on the conviction to offer a first person physical experience of an omnipresent but invisible phenomena of speed. Resisting to offer an interpretation, it rather embodies the phenomena - creating the experience and thus confronting the visitor with its existence.
Installation: the impossible intersection
In its first version, the project involves measuring velocities of several trams in Amsterdam, streaming the data to the exhibition space in real time. There the velocities of trams are transformed into airflows recreated by several powerful fans, each blowing the air at the speed of a moving tram.
The situation created is an impossible intersection of different speeds flowing through the centre of the space.
At this intersection one is immersed in a dynamic and disembodying space - standing still, yet experiencing bodily movement at different speeds in several directions simultaneously.
"Walled into the tunnel of passing Time, the voyeurs-voyageurs therefore occupy not so much the carriages of a train as the acceleration of a displacement without emplacement." Paul Virilio: The Arrow of Time