in situ: haseeb ahmed – the wind egg at m hka

IN SITU: Haseeb Ahmed – The Wind Egg, 2018, exhibition view, photo M HKA.
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Alumnus Haseeb Ahmed (SMACT ’10) currently has a show, IN SITU: Haseeb Ahmed – The Wing Egg, at M HKA, which runs until January 6, 2019.

His art practice integrates methodologies from the hard sciences in search of a techno-poetics. His exhibition at M HKA unfolds his ongoing Wind Egg experiment. The concept of ‘wind eggs’ postulates that animals and people can be fertilized by the wind – a belief held for millennia by ancient Egyptian, Arab, Indian, European and Chinese cultures. Ahmed has worked to realize this idea with state-of-the-art wind tunnel technology at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium. In the process of personifying the wind he blends art and aeronautics, myth and technology, reflecting the human capacity to project empathetic sensibilities onto inhuman things. A project that moves from antiquity to astrobiology, the exhibition will function as a test-site for imagining the possibilities for humans to reproduce without men and with the wind.

He was previously also a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. His work has been exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the Museum Barengasse Zurich.

Haseeb Ahmed is based in Brussels.

Haseeb Ahmed’s exhibition is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Zurich University of the Arts, Saint Lucas Antwerp College of Art and Design, and the University of Antwerp.

In April 2018, Haseeb Ahmed and Florian Dombois joined ACT and presented a lecture on Wind Tunnels. For more information and a video of that lecture, click here.