HASEEB AHMED (b.1985) is a research-based artist. Originally from the US, he now lives and works in Brussels. He produces objects and site-specific installations.
Often working collaboratively Haseeb integrates methodologies from the hard sciences into his art production. Currently he works with the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels to create the Wind Egg Trilogy. The project blends art and aeronautics, myth and technology, to create new narratives for the present. Its final part will be shown as a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp in 2018.
Our minds are limited to the corporeal form of our bodies which have distinct capabilities and limitation. Working with the Brain and Emotion Lab, the project “Wind Avatar” directly links a person to the wind. Body movements express emotion in subtle and highly coded ways. The practices of dance stabilize the expression of emotion into patterns of movement. The Wind Avatar creates a direct relationship between these patterns of expressive body movement in dance and turbulence patterns in the wind and allow a person to literally inhabit the wind and its freedom.
This project brings together three years of existing research in fluid dynamics by the artist with Dance’s systems to create an original fusing of disciplinary knowledge. A wind tunnel system developed by the artist with engineers from the von Karman Institute for fluid dynamics creates the face of the wind and allows for the control of its expressions.
Like the Dance project, the Wind Avatar is particularly interested in working with people who are physically impaired or congenitally blind. This project can offer a tactile sensory experience of visual phenomenon by employing the full-body sensation of wind blowing on a person’s skin.
- Wind AvatarSint-Genesius-Rode, BelgiumLinking sensory input from a person to a model in a wind tunnel designed to create human-like turbulence patterns and expressions.
Localization: Sint-Genesius-Rode, BE
Create and enable the artistic experience of seeing dance and hearing music in normally seeing and in congenitally blind people through tactile sensation. Based on data from motion capture we have previously created 3D printed body objects that were explored through touch. The project will focus on dance movement of the whole body and its sonification to be rendered in material objects.