Inaugurating the Wind Egg Affiliated Society

December 20.2018

Initiator: Haseeb Ahmed

This ARIA symposium is presented in the context of Haseeb Ahmed’s PhD project, “The Wind Egg.” This project sits at the intersection of art and science, particularly fluid dynamics. It entailed collaborations between practitioners in a variety of fields and this conference inaugurates the Wind Egg Affiliated Society (WEAS) to formalize these collaborations as a foundation for future productions.

We will address phenomena of wind and fluidity in terms of both their metaphorical capacities as articulated in modern and ancient literature, political ideology, and philosophy and as expressed in physics, finance, aeronautics, and fluid dynamics. Together we will ask, How can observations of fluid phenomena articulate their aesthetic and narrative capacities, to render metaphors that are fortified by their basis in reality? Which existing language do we appropriate to compose the basis for transdisciplinary collaboration and what do we invent? When does language intrude into visual phenomenon and how can this intrusion be considered as a performance process?

These questions are core to the foundation of the Wind Egg Affiliated Society which already has some shared experiences of production by which to address them. For nearly 5000 years, from Ancient Egypt to 18th-century Europe, it has been thought that animals and people can be fertilized by the wind just as plants are. As plants know well, the phenomena of wind are closely tied to those of creation. The first verse of Genesis speaks of God’s breath, Rauch, moving over the dark void of waters from which all subsequent creation flows. Around the globe many concepts of vitality, including artistic creation, are tied to the movement of air on a scale ranging from breath to that relatively thin atmosphere that sustains all life. When we read the English translation of Marx’s “All that is solid melts into air” we mistake air for steam from engines which engender the reproduction of social organization constantly.

Artist, commencer of the Conference and founder of WEAS, Haseeb Ahmed has used mythology and modern wind tunnel technology to visualize and re-contextualize atmospheric phenomenon. This conference takes place at his solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA). The conference entails presentations by invited guests and a performance.


14:00 - 14:15 Introduction

14:15 - 15:15 Fluidity Expanded PI:

  • Olivier Chazot, Part I: Wind Egg at von Karman Institute (20 min)
  • Anja Isabel Schneider, “Staging the wind in Allan Sekula’s The Dockers’ Museum,” (20 min)
  • Discussion (20 min)

15:15 - 15:25 Break

15:25 - 16:25 Fluidity Expanded PII:

  • Ralf Wetzel, “Fluidity in Management” (20 min)
  • Adrien Lucca, “On Atmosphere and Color” (20 min)
  • Discussion (20 min)

16:25 - 16:35  Break

16:35 - 17:45  Air we Breath:

  • Celine Mathieu, (20 min)
  • Leen Scholiers, On Prana (30 min)
  • Salka Rosengren and Haseeb Ahmed Wind Egg (20 min)

17:45 - 18:00 Closing remarks

Venue: M HKA, Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen


No entrance fee