Haseeb Ahmed

 

Haseeb Ahmed (b. 1985, US) is a research-based artist living and working in Brussels and Zurich. His work is often collaborative and draws on tools and techniques from the hard sciences to produce artworks. Ahmed received his Masters in Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in sculpture and architecture. As a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands (2011-2012), Ahmed won the “Designers and Artists 4 Genomics Award” with his work « The Fishbone Chapel » and initiated the project “Has the World Already Been Made?”, which has been exhibited internationally and featured in both the GIBCA (Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art) and 6 Tunnels Public Art Commission (Brussels) in 2017. This year Ahmed was also selected by the Battaglia Artistic Foundry to develop a « Casting Wind » sculpture and awarded a Vertigo Residency by the European Commission’s Science, Technology and Arts Program (STARTS, under Horizon2020). The trilogy of exhibitions surrounding his work « The Wind Egg » will conclude with a solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), Antwerp in October, 2018 curated by Nav Haq.

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Education

2013 - 2018
PHD in Practice Based Arts, Sint Lucas Antwerp/ University of Antwerp, BE together with the Zurich University of the Arts, CH
Size Matters research project and the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Antwerp, Brussels, BE and Zurich, CH

2011 - 2012
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL

2010
Masters of Science in Visual Studies (MFA equivalent w/ written thesis), MIT, Cambridge, US

2010
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (summer session), New York City, US

2008
BFA in Studio Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
BA in Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
The Wind Egg, InSitu program, curated by Nav Haq, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, BE
The Wind Egg, Keller gallery, MIT, Cambridge, US
Has the World Already Been Made? x4, Roots and Culture Project Space, Chicago, US

2016
Wird, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
The Wind Egg, Site-specific installation and performance at the NATO- von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode, BE

2015
HWBM x8, curated by Daniel Smith, in collaboration with Daniel G. Baird, virtual exhibition at Paper-Thin.org

2014
A is for Albatross, Museum Barengasse, Zurich, CH
Fish Bone Chapel, Le Sceptre, Brussels, BE

2013
Has the World Already Been Made?, Hedah Gallery, Maastricht, NL

2016
Wird, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
The Wind Egg, Site-specific installation and performance at the NATO- von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode, BE

2015
HWBM x8, curated by Daniel Smith, in collaboration with Daniel G. Baird, virtual exhibition at Paper-Thin.org

2014
A is for Albatross, Museum Barengasse, Zurich, CH
Fish Bone Chapel, Le Sceptre, Brussels, BE

2013
Has the World Already Been Made? , Hedah Gallery, Maastricht, NL

2007
The Common Sense, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, US

2003
Roshni ka Sonata, Canaday Center, University of Toledo, US

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Art Brussels, with Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2017
Dalonaz II, Royal, Brussels, BE
Loop, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London, UK
In Our Present Condition… curated by Laura Knott, MIT Architecture Dean’s Gallery, Cambridge, US
Art Brussels with Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Göthenborg International Biennale for Contemporary Art, Göthenborg, SE

2016
Transactions, Manifesta 11 framework at the University of Zurich in collaboration with Dr. Elena Lange, scholar of Japanese Marxism, Zurich, CH
Do You Speak Synergy?, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2015
A Posture of Latency, curated by Robin Juan and Kirsten Harkonen, "Has the World Already Been Made? x7” in collaboration with Daniel G. Baird, Leeds University of Art Museum, Leeds, UK
Parametrics, curated by Park Myers, Brussels, BE
False Alternatives, Gallery Veda, Chennai, IN
Alanica Symposium, North Ossetian National Science Library, Vladikavkaz, RU
A Posture of Latency, Leeds University of Art Museum, Leeds, UK
Every Day I’m…, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
The Weight of Water Depends on its Temperature, ParisTexas, Antwerp, BE

2014
Panoptic Measures, curated by Wafaa Bilal, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York City, US

2013
Fish Bone Chapel, Naturalis Museum, Leiden, NL
Lahore Literary Festival w/ Chalo Chalo Lahore Chalo Collective, Lahore, PK

2012
Nada Art Fair, Acre Projects, Miami, US
Fox's Legacy, Manifesta Parallel Program, Genk, BE
Three Artists Walk into a Bar, de Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam, NL
Cupola or Cube: Mosque. New Ways of Building, IFA, Stuttgart and IFA Berlin, DE
Merge Visible, curated by Joshua Citarella and Jarrod Turner, Prairie Space, Chicago, US

2011
Has the World Already Been Made?, Symposium and Exhibition organized in Collaboration with Daniel G. Baird, Jan van Eyck, Maastricht, NL
Table Tops Room, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL
The Conditional Mosque, Janus Project, New York City, US
The Wrong Miracle, NoMinimo Gallery, Guyaquil, EC

2010
SK10, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, US
Daedalus Departs, Commissioned installation for MIT Media Lab inauguration, Cambridge, US
In Between, Tophane-I Amire Cultural Center, Istanbul, TR

2009
Shamshir+Windtunnel=Progress, Wright Brothers Windtunnel, MIT, Cambridge, US
The Sun Sets at Teufelsberg, Abandoned Teufelsberg Listening Post, Berlin, DE
And Things of That Nature, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, US

2008
Des.Comp.08, MIT Computational Architecture, Wolk Gallery, Cambridge, US
New Morning, Meet Waradise Gallery, New York City, US

2007
Mapping Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US
Luggage of the Birth Right, Temporary Hotel Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL

2006
The World is Flat, Life Bomb Gallery, Berlin, DE
Probes: A Survey of Pakistani Contemporary Art, Hot House Gallery, Chicago, US

2005
Airlift, Ausstellungsdauer, Zurich, CH

Awards, Grants and Residencies

2017 - 2018
Vertigo Residency, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, NL

2013
Designers and Artists for Genomics Award, Netherlands Genomics Initiative in collaboration with Netherlands Toxico-Genomics Center, NL
Prix de Rome, Long-listed, NL
International Residence at Recollects (October 1 -December 31, 2013), Paris, FR

2011 - 2013
Research Fellowship in Fine Arts, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL
Expodium, Project Grant and Visiting artist developing a site specific work for Kanaaleiland, Utrecht, NL
Janus Project, Artist in Resident, New York City, US

2009
Presidential Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US

2008
BFA Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US
IDSA Student Merit Award, Industrial Design Society of North America, Kansas City, US

2007
Around the Coyote Gallery (May 2007), Chicago, US

2006
Novy Leadership Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US

Lectures and Panels

2018
On the Labor of Others, Dead or Alive, GLUON, Brussels, BE

2015
THE PROTOCOLS OF MAKING: THINKING 3D PRINTING IN ARCHITECTURE, ETH Department of Architecture, Zurich, CH
Round table Participant at MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology Lecture Series with Rosa Barba, Henriette Huldisch, MIT, Cambridge, US
Artist talk at John Moore University John Lennon School of Art, Liverpool, UK
Presentation at PHYSMOD Fluid Dynamics Conference, EMPA, Dubendorf, CH
Alanica International Art Symposium, North Ossetian National Science Library, Moscow, RU
Too Big to Scale Conference, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, CH
Artist Talk, Bern University of the Arts, Bern, CH
Remote Sensor: 12-year Turbulence check at the EU parliament, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2014
Lecture at HISK, Seminar Lecture Series, Ghent, BE

2013
Remote Sensor, LaborArtorium, Forschung in Kunst un Wissenschaft (Research in Art and Science) Presentation, Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich, Munich, DE
ICT & Art Connect, Workshop on Art and Science Collaborations at iMAL and results presented at EU Parliament in session chaired by Swedish delegate Amelia Anderdotter, Brussels, BE
Response to questionnaire Art School: Peer Review published in the St. Claire online art journal, http://the-st-claire.com/0913/0913_post10.html
Artists Talk, Visual and Critical Studies Department, School of Visual Arts, New York City, US
Fish Bone Chapel, Annual Netherlands Toxico-Genomics Centre Conference, the Roodhoed, Amsterdam, NL
Fish Bone Chapel and Everlasting Prometheus, Waag Soceity, Amsterdam, NL

2012
How Cast Anachronisms, Lecture, Fine Arts and Architectural Conservation Departments, Hazara University, Mansehra, PK
Between Dog and Wolf: Cultural Mechanisms for Identity, Diaspora Paper Presentation, Bath Annual Readings Conference, Moscow, RU
Responses to the Global Economic Downturn: Platypus Affiliated Society, University of Chicago, US
Artist Talk: Haseeb Ahmed, Institute of Philosophy, Moscow State University, Moscow, RU
Platypus: What's left of the Left?, Institute of Philosophy, Moscow State University, Moscow, RU
Artist Talk: Kobus oder Kuppel? (Dome or Cube?), IFA Gallerie Stuttgart, DE

2011
Escape Velocity: On the Pleasures and Perils of Art Appropriating Industry, Presentation of site-specific work done at MIT 2008-10, G33koskop Series, Multimedia Institute, Zagreb, HR
UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Utopian Return, Paper for ‘Utopian Time’ panel, Historical Materialism conference, London, UK
What's left of the Left? Zur Situation der radikalen Linke in den USA, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, DE
The Replicator, A lecture on the use and abuse of 3D printing for life, FabLab Zuid-Limburg, Maastricht, NL
Qua Qua Quiescence, Artist talk for FourNinetyOne art criticism journal, Mildred’s Lane Residency, Beach Lake, US

2010
Art Autonomy and Resistance, Panel discussion with Coco Fusco, Jim Miller and Andrea Geyer, organized by Platypus Affiliated Society, New School, New York City, US
The Supra Senosorial and the Abandonment of Metaphor: Neo-Constructivism and ′68, Platypus International Conference, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US

2008
What Site?, History, Theory, Criticism of Architecture Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US

2007
Pedagogical Factory: How We Learn: Building an Educated City, Panel discussion participant representing Platypus, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, US

Professional and Collaborative Experience

2012
How to Cast Anachronisms Workshop, Workshop on mold making and casting of architecture, and collective construction of an installation using casts from Maastricht, NL
Replicator’s Master Class, Master Class developing the use of digital fabrication for art production, FabLab Zuid-Limburg, Maastricht, NL
Platypus Affiliated Society, Educational project that hosts symposia and publishes a monthly journal, The Platypus Review, while offering a platform for critically reassessing the legacy of 20th century radical Left politics

2010
Teaching Assistant, Autism Studio, MIT, Cambridge, US
Planning and execution course plan with Wendy Jacobs, Visual Arts Program, MIT, Cambridge, US

2008 - 2010
Architecture Fabrication Shops Supervisor, MIT, Cambridge, US
Art and Architecture Department students Advisor and technical support for projects, Cambridge, US

2009
IFAU und Jesko Fezer, Berlin, DE
Architecture internship specializing in user-based design of galleries and museums, Berlin, DE

2008
Office for Counter Cultural Affairs, Chicago, US
Architecture internship, directed by Prof. Carl Ray Miller and specializing in digitally fabricated furniture and tiling systems, Chicago, US
Supervisor at Advanced Output Center, Chicago, US
Advisor Digital Fabrication, Designed objects, Architecture and Fashion design students, Chicago, US

2007
Studio Jeeraan Co-founder
Contemporary Islamic architecture Design and Theory, Installation at DePaul University and reading room for the Downtown Islamic Center, Chicago, US
Urban wilderness: sustainable design in an urban context, Concept research, Ecology in the City Think Tank, DePaul University, Chicago, US

2003 - 2007
Sculpture and Metal/Wood Shop Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US

Curatorial and Organizing Experience

2011
Has the World Already Been Made?, Symposium and Exhibition organized in collaboration with Daniel G. Baird, Jan van Eyck, Maastricht, NL
Rise of the Right/Dissolution of the Left, Assembly regarding culture funding cuts in the Netherlands, Jan van Eyck, Maastricht, NL

2010
The Conditional Mosque, Exhibition surveying contemporary use of the mosque form in contemporary art

2008
On Naji al-Ali, Retrospective of political cartoonist Naji al-Ali on the 40th anniversary of Naji al-Ali’s assassination, including panel discussions and film screenings, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, US

2007
Platypus Interview with Tariq Ali, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US

2005
Re-Presenting the Present: Danish Cartoons and You, Panel in response to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US

Architecture and Exhibition Design

2007
Downtown Islamic Center Reading Room, Full Interior and Furniture design in collaboration with Laura Lee Schmidt, Chicago, US

2006
DisOrientation, Immersive installation composed of Western depictions of the Muslim world in collaboration with Laura Lee Schmidt, DePaul University Student Center, Chicago, US

Performances

2012
A Dome of My Own, Installation and Performance, Sitterwerk, St. Gallen, CH
Limburg Beacons, Interactive architectural installation using Morse code, Manifesta 9, Maastricht, NL

2011
Qua Qua Quiescence, Sound Performance, Mildred’s Lane Artist Residency, Beach Lake, US

2010
Skowhegan Regional Airport, Installation and performance in collaboration with Arthur Aube, Skowhegan, US
D.E.V.I.L, Installation and performance in collaboration with Charles Stankievech, Stata Center-MIT, Cambridge, US

Selected Bibliography 

Reviews

-"Built to Scale", Lakshmi Sandhana for Wired Magazine UK/Europe print edition, 2014
-"Kubus oder Kuppel: Moscheen Perspektiven einer Bauaufgabe", Exhibition Catalog, IFA- DE, 2012
-“Art is useless. Therefore, it is good”, Interview with Ante Vukorepa for Plan B Magazine,
Zagreb, Croatia, 20 December 2011 (http://planb.tportal.hr/teme/165914/Haseeb-Ahmed.html)
-“In Between”, Exhibition Catalog, Istanbul Capital of Culture, 2 February 2010
-Susan Snodgrass, “Armita Raafat”, Art in America-Online, 29 March 2010
-Tiffany Chu, “New Media Lab Opens Doors”, Dwell Magazine-Online, 3 March 2010
-Timothy Inklebarger, “Coyote's McMosque”, Chicago Journal, 6 September 2007
-Alan Artner, “Fall Art Preview”, Chicago Tribune, 7 September 2007
-Alicia Eler, “Common sense, amplified”, CulturalChicago.com, 9 December 2007
-Alicia Chester, “Common Ground”, F News Magazine, 1 November 2007
-Marco Torres, “Review: the Common Sense”, The Platypus Review, 1 November 2007

Contributed Writings

-Haseeb Ahmed, “Interview with Slavoj Žižek: The Occupy Movement, a renascent Left, and
Marxism Today”, Platypus Review #42, 1 December 2011
-Haseeb Ahmed,"News from the Netherlands: Culture Sector Opposition to Sweeping Cuts", FUSE Magazine, Issue 35.1
-Haseeb Ahmed, “Art and Research at MIT” and “Research on the Edge”, Self-Published/ACT-MIT, March 2011
-Haseeb Ahmed, “Daedalus: Holding Pattern/Problem”, Thresholds 39: Inertia, MIT SA+P, May 2011
-Haseeb Ahmed, “Book Review: Detlev Claussen, Theodor Adorno: One last Genius”, Platypus Review #22, October 2009

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