As the first workshop at Rib or Taming the Horror Vacui is conducted by artist Michèle Matyn and convened by Haseeb Ahmed. We will start from the beginning: where does the wind come from?
Throughout history wind has been associated with vitality and the divine creation. In Genesis God first blew over the dark waters of the void to bring all into being. In Ancient Greece the Shrines of Oracles were built atop the vents releasing volcanic fumes. When inhaled the Oracle was granted the ability to see into the future. Michèle Matyn travelled the world searching for “Ademgaten”, or “breathing holes”, in preparation for her eponymous exhibition at MuHKA in 2017.
For the workshop at Rib we will seek out “Ademgaten” and find ways to read time in the sounds of the wind. Materials and methods will be provided by Matyn and Rib.
To participate in the workshops please reserve a place via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule Session #1
Thursday 6 February 2020
10:00-18:00 – Public laboratory – Ahmed constructing the installation
Friday 7 February 2020
10:00-18:00 – Public laboratory – Ahmed constructing the installation
Monday 10 February 2020
17:00-21:00 – Rib open
18:00-20:00 – Public Workshop
Tuesday 11 February 2020
17:00-21:00 – Rib open
18:00-20:00 – Public Lecture with Q&A
Materials, food and drinks will be provided by Rib. Prior to the workshop Ahmed will continue building and working on the installation.
Rib is pleased to announce the second session of Taming the Horror Vacui: Modeling Tyrannies and Turbulences. Models require and facilitate abstract thinking and this brings them close to ideals, but can these ideals ever be fulfilled? How does the promise of perfection inherent in models, regulate our relationship to our gritty realities—from the scale our bodies to our cities?
Artist Haseeb Ahmed and Rib invites artist Michiel Huijben to give a public workshop on 30 March 2020 during which we will construct spatial models of a concept given by Huijben.
On 16 April 2020, Paolo Patelli, an artist, researcher and architect, responds to the question “What role do models play in constructing the experience of our material realities?” in an online talk.
These events are part of the 1.5-year-long program Taming the Horror Vacui which broadly takes up the role of the wind in our lives. Models of city masterplans and buildings are used in wind tunnels to anticipate how they will effect and be effected by the wind. However, architectural models are used to project into and determine the future or reconstruct distant pasts. How do models and wind tunnels both relate to a broader attempt to wrestle with uncertainty?
The traces of the interaction that happens between the invited participants, the neighbourhood, the public, and Ahmed are retained by this installation at Rib. The evolving installation acts as a pedestal to host this interaction with our invited participants and these key questions. The Library of the Winds is now erect as river reeds are animated by circulating winds who’s face, we can finally see under specific conditions constructed at Rib.
Schedule Session #2
Workshop by Michiel Huijben: 30 March 2020, 18:00-21:00
If you wish to participate, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Online talk by Paolo Patelli: 16 April 2020, 18:00-20:00
Join us on Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/508182437
Meeting ID: 508 182 437
Rib presents Taming the Horror Vacui—a 1,5-year-long program unfolding the practice of artist Haseeb Ahmed (US/BE) in public, who has worked for over ten years with and around the phenomenon of wind exploring many of its guises. The trajectory consists of an evolving installation in Rib, a publication, and a series of workshops, lectures, and excursions.
The program entangles Ahmed’s practice with Rib and its global and local environment in Rotterdam-Zuid through the phenomenon of the wind. Wind is treated as a material and conceptual force, as model, instrument, and framework of architectural, meteorological, technological, mythological, art-historical, socio-political, economic, and recreational imagination. This program convenes practitioners from a variety of disciplines to elaborate on each of these aspects.
With: Haseeb Ahmed, Michèle Matyn, Michiel Huijben, Paolo Patelli, Emiel Arends, Ralf Wetzel, Anja Isabel Schneider, Olivier Chazot, Leen Scholiers, Peutz Group, Barbara Baert, Piero Bisello, Modelvliegclub Europoort (MVE), Pieter Heremans, among others.
Taming the Horror Vacui is kindly supported by the municipality of Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL, VSB Fonds and the experimenteerreglement kunstenaarshonorarium of the Mondriaan Fund.
Read more here.
Haseeb Ahmed (b.1985) is a research-based artist. Originally from the US, he now lives and works in Brussels. He produces objects, site-specific installations, films, and writes for various publications. Often working collaboratively, Ahmed integrates methodologies from the hard sciences into his art production. His recently completed Wind Egg Trilogy blends art and aeronautics, myth and technology, to create new narratives for the present. It was developed with Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) in Brussels for and was the subject of his first solo exhibition Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels who now represents him, his solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary art of Antwerp (BE), as well as the topic of his PhD in practice-based arts completed in 2018 as a collaboration between the VKI, University of Antwerp, Saint Lucas Antwerp School of Art and Design,and Zurich University of the Arts. Ahmed has been a lecturer at the latter two art universities as well as the Royal Academy of the Art in The Hague. His work with the wind and science began during his Masters from the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, completed in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ahmed has been a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL), the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting (US), a EU Commission STARTS Vertigo resident at the Brain and Emotion Laboratory at the University of Maastricht, La Becque Foundation among others. His work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (US), The Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art (SE), and De Appel in Amsterdam (NL).
Piero Bisello is Editorial Director at Conceptual Fine Arts, an online art writing platform and gallery visiting program in Milan. He has a background in art history and analytic philosophy, with degrees from KU Leuven and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Among other topics, his editorial work has focused on artist publications and artist books. He has been based in Brussels since 2011.
Within his practice, Michiel Huijben (NL, 1985) reads, writes, and speaks, always departing from architecture and its objects, to create texts, performance lectures and videos. These media provide a way for him to intervene in the seemingly rigid and unchangeable architecture of his immediate environment. He studied Fine Art at the St. Joost academy in Breda (BFA) and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (MFA), where he finished in 2008. In 2013, he did a short track residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, followed by an MA in Architectural History and Theory at the Cass, London. Shortly afterward, he started the publishing project Flat i. (welcometoflat-i.net). In recent years his work has been presented at, among others: UMPRUM, Prague; Kunsthalle Basel; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; die Angewandte, Vienna; De Appel, Amsterdam; W-O-L-K-E, Brussels; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam; Min-, Rotterdam; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; Matt’s Gallery, London; and That Might Be Right, Brussels. He has lectured at several institutions and currently teaches artistic research at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he lives and works.
Michèle Matyn (BE) lives and works in Antwerp. She has developed a multifaceted practice that incorporates photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Her work looks at the ways myths and folklore are created in societies, often through our perception of and interaction with nature. Matyn’s works often begin with a journey, often to locations unfamiliar to the artist and with little sign of human interference, encountering places and situations that might inspire belief in the supernatural and the unknown. Her works typically feel ‘homespun’ evoking esoteric culture and the anthropomorphic gaze onto the outer world. The crux of Matyn’s work lies in seeking the intersection where human projection onto the non-human meets the natural world with its own existence outside of human consciousness. Matyn’s exhibition Breathing holes is being developed in response to recent travels the artist has undertaken in regions of France, North Ossetia and China. She has been producing a body of new photographs and sculptures that depict natural forms she encountered which are reminiscent of human or animal respiration systems, considering objects and spaces as living entities. Including a selection of recent works, Matyn’s exhibition will be formulated as an environment, bringing together different forms, characters and encounters. The artist will also use the space as a setting for performances—a central facet of her practice—which offer further reflection on the relations between humans and the natural world.
Paolo Patelli (IT, 1984) is an architect, artist, and researcher. Through often collaborative enquiries, he engages critically and by design with the materialities, scenes and atmospheres at the intersections of space and society, technologies and environments. Patelli has exhibited internationally, including in the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2018. He led a collaborative project commissioned by MAO and Moderna Galerija for BIO26, the 26th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. He has a research position at the Design Academy Eindhoven (Associate Lecturer Places and Traces), he is a Tutor at the Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut and a 2019/2020 Research Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut. He holds a PhD from Politecnico di Milano. Patelli lives and works in Amsterdam.