Haseeb Ahmed

PhD Candidate at Sint Lucas Antwerp University College of Art and Design, Antwerp, Belgium
Lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
Researcher at the NATO- von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode-Saint Genese, Belgium

Wind Eggs in the Wind Tunnel World

Haseeb Ahmed will present on behalf of the Wind Egg experiment. On May 4th, the Wind Egg experiment was revealed at the NATO von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) just outside of Brussels. The Wind and a Vulture met to successfully realize an ancient Greek theory that the wind could fertilize animals and people as it does plants. Using modern wind tunnel technology the face of the Wind was conjured and communicated with before being literally introduced to Sparta, a female African-Vulture.

Shortly thereafter the VKI experienced a bankruptcy and the Wind Egg experiment needed to find a new shelter and relocate its facilities to continue its research. Surprisingly Harlan Levey Projects, a commercial gallery in Brussels, offered a new home entitled “Wird.” The vulture aviary, the wind egg insemination lab, the wind egg incubation wind tunnel, and the wind personification lab have all been moved here.

While unlikely, the relationship is not without common ground. Laboratories are explicitly standardized, however art galleries are equally standardized but implicitly so. Moreover, the concept of fundamental research once common to the sciences is alive in well in the arts while the sciences are continually reduced to the delivery of expertise.