Fellow 2018/2019

Haseeb Ahmed

Haseeb Ahmed is een kunstenaar die werkt vanuit een op onderzoek gebaseerde kunstpraktijk. Hij maakt objecten, locatie-specifieke installaties, produceert films en schrijft voor verschillende publicaties. Ahmed werkt vaak gezamenlijk en integreert methodologieën uit de exacte wetenschappen in zijn kunstproductie. Recent werkte hij samen met het Von Karman Instituut voor Vloeistofdynamica, Brussel, aan de creatie van Wind Egg Trilogy, dat kunst, aeronautica, mythe en technologie vermengt om nieuwe narratieven voor het heden te creëren, en aan een solotentoonstelling in het Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, 2018. Ahmed was resident aan de Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, en de Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison, ME, en zijn werk is tentoongesteld in: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg; Museum Bärengasse Zurich, Zurich; en Symposium Alanica in Vladikavkaz, Vladikavkaz. Hij wordt vertegenwoordigd door Harlan Levey Projects in Brussel. Ahmed geeft les aan de Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Zürich en heeft aan verschillende universiteiten cursussen en workshops verzorgd.

Fellowship onderzoekstraject

How’s the Weather Underground? (Hoe is het weer ondergronds?) is een vraag die ideologische, historische en ecologische zorgen met elkaar verweeft. Deze vraag kan ook anders geformuleerd worden: Welke modellen en gedachtepatronen stellen ons in staat om in dezelfde taal over menselijke politieke activiteit en natuurlijke fenomenen te spreken, en wat zijn daarvan de implicaties? En hoe worden daarnaast de metaforische vermogens van wetenschappelijk onderzoek gebruikt voor politieke uitwerking, en door wie?

Mensen ervaren schommelingen op de aandelenmarkt als schommelingen in temperatuur of vochtigheid, en lezen erover in dezelfde nieuwsmedia. De relatief recente intrede in het geologische tijdperk Antropoceen is gebaseerd op de onlosmakelijke verbondenheid van menselijke activiteit en wereldwijd klimaat, dus hoe kunnen we vormen van vervreemding in kapitalisme aanpakken via deze sociale en inmiddels letterlijke relatie met het weer? Kunstenaar en docent Haseeb Ahmed stelt gedachtepatronen voor die zowel wetenschappelijke als politieke modellen zijn, en verwerkt ze in kunstwerken. Ahmed focust in het bijzonder op veranderlijkheid en een visueel en historisch onderzoek van tijdsbesef als spiraal. Denk aan een orkaan met wolken die draaien rondom het lagedrukgebied, het ‘oog van de storm’ – het centrum is altijd leeg en krijgt slechts vorm door de onstuimigheid waardoor het is omgeven.

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