Haseeb Ahmed
‘‘‘World of News, Shoes, Booze’’’
Centraal Station, Amsterdam
12 May 2012 10 am – 12am


Image: Haseeb Ahmed, The World of News, Shoes, Booze, 2012, courtesy of Haseeb Ahmed

“The importance of the news is the way people talk about it. In this project world news is produced from the speech of others. Insignificant local headlines reach new-found lands only to arrive in a distorted form.

This project departs from the children’s game Telephone and uses it form an ulterior global news network. In this game a message is whispered from one person to the next sitting in a circle. When the circle is completed the final message is spoken out loud and compared to the original message. 

For this project a local news headline will be chosen from three distinct locations: Toledo, Ohio, USA; Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Peshawar, Pakistan. On Sunday the final message from each place will be formatted into a single page newspaper and distributed at Amsterdam Centraal in the Morning of Saturday 12 May.”



Images: Haseeb Ahmed, The World of News, Shoes, Booze, 2012, photos by  Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk


Haseeb Ahmed’s practice binds together antagonistic elements from the world they share. Towards this end, he mobilizes historical, technical, and artistic processes to produce site-specific installations, discrete and designed objects.

His research-based art practice straddles architecture, curatorial practice, and critical theory. Often times Ahmed’s work incorporates collaboration from across a number of disciplines, including aeronautical and mechanical engineering and historical conservation. Haseeb is a founding member of the political educational project Platypus.

Haseeb Ahmed (1985, USA ) lives and works in Maasrticht, The Netherlands. He holds MA in Science in Visual Studie from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA (2008-2010), BA  in Fine Art in Studio Art from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2003-2008). His forthcoming exhibitions include Manifesta 2012, Manifesta Parallel, Genk, Belgium (2012), Kanaaleiland in collaboration with artist Jasper Coppes, the Expodium, Utrecht, Netherlands (2012). He has recently participated in group shows The Wrong Miracle NoMinimo Gallery, Guyaquil, Ecuador (2010), Shamshir+Windtunnel=Progress Wright Brothers Windtunnel, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA (2009), Mapping Self Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA (2007).