Haseeb Ahmed – The Library of the Winds
Hours and dates
- From Oct 27 to Oct 30 from 10:00 to 18:00
Haseeb Ahmed (b. 1985) is an American artist who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He produces objects, installations, and films. His work is often collaborative and draws from the hard sciences, blending art and aeronautics, myth and technology, to create new narratives. Over the last 10 years, Ahmed has structured his research-based artistic practice around the fluid dynamics of wind and water. His focus is on what we can learn about our changing climates from the movements of the wind and the waters, by focussing on what they carry, both physically and in terms of cultural associations throughout history. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp, BE) and has been exhibited internationally at the Göteborg Biennial (Göteborg, SE), Museum Bärengasse, (Zurich, CH), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, USA), De Appel (Amsterdam, NL), and the Frestas Triennial (Frestas, BR), amongst others.
KIKK in townThe Library of the Winds
The wind inaugurates chaos or change. The Library of the Winds features an air-powered lottery machine which selects one of the World’s great winds. Aeoliphones have been used in theater and opera since the 16th century to create the sound of wind. The automated aeoliphones here play back the selected winning wind. Just as the spinning of the Earth sets its winds in motion so too does The Library of the Winds revolve, resembling a special form of carousel. The wind speaks to many of our senses, In The Library of the Winds there is no wind, but the effect that it has on our senses is replicated, especially the sense of sound, sight, and orientation.