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A is for Albatross

  • Museum Bärengasse 22 Baeren Alley Zurich, ZH, 8001 Switzerland (map)

Dec. 4 - Jan. 4, 2014
Opening: December 4 @ 19:30
Artist Talk: December 13 @ 5:30

A is for Albatross is a solo exhibition by Haseeb Ahmed - an American artist with Pakistani lineage who graduated from the Chicago Art Institute and the MIT Art program. He is currently working at the Wind Tunnel project at the Zürich University of the Arts and taking his joint PhD program at the University of Brussels and Zurich. The exhibition A is for Albatross will confronts us with the question: Shouldn’t some art be state of the art? It expresses an important thought figure that what is important is not the object but how the object interacts with its environment. It will put forward this idea by making the wind visible. Collaborating with the engineers from the Von Karman Institute For Fluid Dynamics (VKI) a Nato facility on the outskirts of Brussels, the artist will devise ways to see the unseen. The works in the exhibition will include materialized sculptures, installations, drawings, photography and video documentation of a Plasmatron (a chamber used to simulate space shuttle reentries to our planet) that the artist used to produce an artwork by exposing a wooden sculpture in the shape of a letter A to the heat of two times the sun’s surface to test if language could literally return to Earth.

Curated by John Kenneth Paranada and Adriana Dominguez