The Wind Tunnel Model

Join us for an evening with Florian Dombois and Haseeb Ahmed as they present their artistic practices and research on wind tunnels as part of the CAVS 50th anniversary event series #cavs50.

Event Details


ACT Cube
MIT campus, E15 - 001, Cambridge, 02139 United States


April 03, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


Free - no registration needed

Join us for an evening with Florian Dombois and Haseeb Ahmed as they present their individual and collaborative artistic practices and research on wind tunnels.

Together with the Research Focus in Transdisciplinarity at the ZHdK in Zurich, led by Dombois, they edited the “Wind Tunnel Bulletin“.

Dombois will present last year’s project Galleria del Vento, while Ahmed will show excerpts from The Wind Egg, a film shot during an intervention at the NATO von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics outside of Brussels.

The artists’ research and projects subvert the language and methodologies of scientific experiment and reportage, while using modern wind tunnel technology to engender new narratives and new fluid speculations about the relationships between science, art and engineering. The first edition of The Wind Tunnel Model – Transdisciplinary Encounters, edited by Dombois, was also published last year.

More on the Artists

For the past five years, artist Florian Dombois (b. 1966) has been operating a wind-tunnel lab, which brings together various disciplines, on the roof of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). The tunnel functions as a picture puzzle: For researchers accustomed to starting with a problem, it provides a tangible surface and a stringent experimental arrangement; for those, however, who move outside the logic of a scientific problem, its interior and its walls provide an empty space, an invisible sculpture. To see the wind, one must first visualize it and introduce smoke, feathers, or soap bubbles; to explore the wind, one must propose a model, a shape, or a kite. And thus reveal oneself.

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 Haseeb integrates methodologies from the hard sciences into his art production. Currently he works with the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels to create the Wind Egg Trilogy. The project blends art and aeronautics, myth and technology, to create new narratives for the present. Its final part will be shown as a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp in October 2018. Ahmed lectures at the Zurich University of the Arts and has taught courses and workshops at a number of universities.

Related Events

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies celebrates its 50th anniversary. MIT ACT’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the internationally renowned MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) began in April 2017.

More information can be found here.





Travelogues of Sound: A Listening Session with FLORIAN DOMBOIS + ANDY GRAYDON with an introduction by Susanna Bolle (Non-Event).
The Yard (John Hancock Tower, 6th Floor)
120 St James Avenue
(please use St. James entrance and bring a photo ID)

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8pm
Tickets: $5 / FREE for Non-Event member. Register Here .

This Non-Event’s program is supported in part by swissnex Boston, Goethe Institute Boston, a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.