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Episode 1 - Gravity and its Loss - with Basim Magdy
In the universe of the exhibition Nature of Robotics - An Expanded Field, we invite you to join us for In Conversation, a live video discussion series with the artists and scientists that have been a part of our terminology-defying exhibition: Nature of Robotics: An Expanded Field. The exhibition’s curator, Giulia Bini, will be speaking with the creators of the artworks, every Thursday for the next 4 weeks.
For this inaugural talk, this coming Thursday, June 24 at 6 PM CEST, we invite you to join us for the first In Conversation with artist Basim Magdy.
The talk will dive into Magdy’s video works M.A.G.N.E.T and New Acid, 2019 and the reason for their inclusion in the conceptual framework of Nature of Robotics, touching upon the genesis of M.A.G.N.E.T, an oracular metaphor projecting us into the hypothetical scenario of an increase in gravity on our planet, and New Acid, both films metaphorically questioning the perspectives opened by scientific research.
The live conversation will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube, starting at 6 PM CEST.
About Basim Magdy
Basim Magdy (1977, Assiut, Egypt) lives and works between Basel and Cairo. His interest in the unconscious and memory is at the root of his often surreal works employing painting, film, photography, and installations. His work has appeared in exhibitions worldwide, and in institutions including the M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome to name just a few. He was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev (2012) and won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen (2014). He was named Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year (2016). Magdy’s work has been screened at the Tate Modern, the Locarno Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the ICA London, among others.