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The Installation Speed is a transformation of the big flashing arrows from the computer game “Need for Speed Underground 2, NFSU 2” to real space.

Although computer games always try to imitate the physical world there are always elements, objects and behaviours which only exist in the virtual world.

In the game NFSU 2 the player drives a car through a simulated city. Part of the game is to drive races against opponents in the city. To make the race track more visible big flashing arrows separate the track from the rest of the streets. These arrows have a special semipermeable function. The car of the player bumbs into them and can not cross them. For the “normal” simulated city traffic these arrows have no effect, they are passing right through them.

The installation has been realized for the Public Space Exhibition Plattform Bohnenstrasse in Bremen September 2006.

Aram Bartholl 2006

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