RPM - revolutions per minute

TOM BOGAERT

For the 6th edition of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Michel Lafleur and Tom Bogaert present new site-specific work: ‘RPM – revolutions per minute’ a sculptural interactive tachometer built to measure the number of (counter) revolutions Haiti has known since the Slaves Revolt of 1791-1804, including the current uprising.

RPM (2019)
Lafleur & Bogaert (HT/BE/US)

RPM stands for revolutions per minute, and it is used as a measure of how fast any machine is operating at a given time. A tachometer (revolution-counter, tach, rev-counter, RPM gauge) is an instrument measuring the revolutions per minute of a shaft or disk, as in a motor or other machine.

Lafleur & Bogaert present their revolution counter on a hand-painted dashboard with corresponding symbols that represent the stories behind the revolutions.