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Nadim Abbas

Chimera Antenna Space, Shanghai, Nov 9 – Jan 10, 2017 By Nooshfar Afnan For his first solo show at Antenna Space in Shanghai, Nadim Abbas again draws heavily on the space between science and fiction. This time an image of the common cold virus, which has caught his attention for some time, becomes the point of departure. On entering the main exhibition space, Human Rhinovirus 14 (2016) bombards the visitor’s senses with the glow of floating beach balls in the air, and the sound of the centrifugal blower fans that keep them up. Abbas projects a visual mock-up of the common cold virus onto the floating balls, creating something between an image and an object. He wanted to translate his near obsession with this image of the virus into a work of art; after lengthy research he decided to use several 3D molecular visualisation programs, one of which, Chimera, gives the show its title. The work straddles scientific enquiry and fiction, the real and the imagined. In contrast the next work in the exhibition, Chamber 667/668 (2016), is quiet, …

Nadim Abbas

New Directions By Nooshfar Afnan New Directions: Nadim Abbas, the artist’s first solo show in mainland China, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, consists of a single, new work, The Last Vehicle (2016). Curated by Guo Xi, it combines a mixed-media installation with a durational performance, the latter a first for the artist, who recently returned from a year exploring physical theatre in New York. The name The Last Vehicle comes from Abbas’s reading of Paul Virilio’s essay of the same name.  The French philosopher’s main concern is how technology and the acceleration it causes have altered our perception and experience of the world. “More specifically, the title The Last Vehicle, the way I would read it in relation to Virilio’s text, indicates this historical moment when the traversing of space or distances, to get from one point to the other, changes from actual vehicles to this even faster moment of telecommunications, and that way of overcoming distances,” says Abbas. In The Last Vehicle, Abbas takes over the elongated Long Gallery of the …