Taming the Horror Vacui | Publication by Haseeb Ahmed & Piero Bisello

Long-Term Program
2020 – 2021

Taming the Horror Vacui, unfolding the practice of artist Haseeb Ahmed at Rib, is also an artist publication. Edited and designed by Piero Bisello, it will consist of 9 issues to be released after each of the events with Ahmed's guests in the program. Participatory in nature, the publication will build a system of annotations in which a central image sourced from Ahmed’s work at Rib will be commented by external contributors, including workshop participants, citizens of Charlois and Rotterdam, artists, curators, scientists, and more.

Issue N°1: Inhaling the Storm

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Issue N°2: Modeling Nothingness
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For a printed copy of each publication please contact info@ribrib.nl.

Haseeb Ahmed 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 and was the subject of his first solo exhibition for 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.


Sophie Dars and Carlo Menon are two qualified architects based in Brussels. Since 2013 they've been collaborating on a practice situated across theoretical research, pedagogy, publication and design. They were curators of the exhibitions Corporate Arcadia and V+ Architecture Documents on Five Projects and are co-founders of the magazine Accattone.

Christiane Blattmann
is an artist living in Hamburg and Brussels. She studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and at Universität der Künste in Berlin. Between 2011 and 2013, she ran ‘Betongalerie’, an exhibition venue in public space in Hamburg St. Pauli together with Jannis Marwitz. She is part of the artist-run publishing house Montez Press, which she founded with friends in 2012. In 2013 she received a travel grant to go to Mexico City; in 2017 she was in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris as well as Triangle France in Marseille in 2019. Her work has been exhibited most recently at Damien & The Love Guru (Brussels), Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Kunsthaus Hamburg, The Community (Paris), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Croy Nielsen (Berlin), Mathew Gallery (New York/Berlin), at VI,VII (Oslo), at Marwan (Amsterdam), the Biennale Regard Benin (Cotonou) and at Kunsthalle Münster.