Pedro Gómez-Egaña (CO)
The Kinetoscope of Time. Sculpture Performance

20.–21. mars 2015

Past showings

16:00, Kunstnernes Hus (Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo)

14:00, Kunstnernes Hus (Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo)

The audience is invited to enter a dark room with seating facing a green velvet curtain.

A man enters from the side of the room. He stands in front of the curtain and begins to speak, an adaptation from Brander Matthews The Kinetoscope of Time, first published in 1895. The story is about a man’s encounter with a kinetoscope, an early motion picture device. The owner of the kinetoscope offers to show the man his own past, future and death. At a given point the performer pulls the curtain, revealing a series of perfectly repeated scenarios of a living room that appears to have been recently, and suddenly, abandoned. The performer then disappears, while the recorded voice continues telling the story of this place, describing, and repeating fragments that allude to a catastrophic reason for the room to have been abandoned. Pedro Gómez-Egaña makes sculptures that move and stage them in very specific ways. He devices immersive experiences where the audience enters a purpose-built space, or a carefully crafted environment, and he makes objects that are transformed through their attention. The question of how the performative aspect of sculpture constructs a sense of time is central to his artistic practice.

This performancen will take place at Kunstnernes Hus.

The performance lasts for 20 minutes and are played three times an hour. Friday 20.03 kl 1600 – 19.00 & kl 20.00-22.00. Saturday 21.03 kl 14.00 – 17.00. No reservation needed in advance, only by attendance. Free entrance.

  • Extra credits Ed. Oliver Herford. Print. Adaptation by Pedro Gómez-Egaña