Bassem Saad is an artist/writer born on 9/11 and trained in architecture. His work deals with future visualization and simulation, queer fear, identity-based space and knowledge production, and market exchanges and/or interfaces that include affect, bodily pleasure, and care.

 
 

EDUCATION

Resident fellowship at Home Workspace Program
2018-2019
Ashkal Alwan / Beirut, Lebanon

Bachelor of Architecture (2017) at the Lebanese American University  
2012-2017
Beirut, Lebanon

Ecole Speciale d'Architecture
February - June 2016
Paris, France

 

RESIDENCY

PROJECTS /
EXHIBITIONS /
SCREENINGS

Web Residency: Planetary Glitch by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM
Curated by Mary Maggic / February 2019

systemcare (All cared for by chains and loops) at Schloss-post
Web project for Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM, Web Residency: Planetary Glitch
Curated by Mary Maggic / March 2019

Saint-rise: I Am A Grain of Wheat in Videobox x Le Syndicat Magnifique
Le Carreau du Temple / Paris, France / September 2018

in Inner Space / Outer Space
RIU + Le Citta' Visibili / Ex-Macello / Rimini, Italy / July 2018

in Immaterial Collection II: Evolving Icons
Screening + conversation with curator Joy Stacey
Beirut Art Center / June 2018


deLINK-when(?) in Institute of Patent Infringement at London Design Festival
V&A Design Museum / London, UK / September 2018

in Insitute of Patent Infringement at WORK, BODY, LEISURE
Dutch Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2018 / Venice, Italy / May 2018


Alphabet Dust (Double U, Not You You) in Akira Takayama's Beirut Heterotopia
with Jessika Khazrik / Zico House / Beirut, Lebanon / October 2017
Sharjah Biennial 13 Act

 
 

LECTURES / TALKS / PERFORMANCES

The Skin Unmoored and Queer Fear
Lecture-performance and remote-access online tour of systemcare (All cared for by chains and loops)
2nd <Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer> / Berlin / April 2019

This Ritual I Wish You Could See (Render and file)
Lecture-performance with Edwin Nasr / ACAW Field Meeting Take 6
Alserkal Avenue / Dubai, UAE / January 2019

This Ritual I Wish You Could See: Communitarian Futurism in the Rendered Image
Lecture with Edwin Nasr / Rendering Graduate Student Conference
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Harvard University VES
Cambridge, MA / April 2018

 
 

ARTICLES /
PUBLICATIONS /
interviews

A Calamitous Node in a Planetary Chain
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nterview by Sophie-Charlotte Opitz for Schloss-post, Akademie Schloss Solitude
March 2019

syringe spindle scepter
SYLA Journal / January 2019

On Tarek Moukaddem and Omarivs Ioseph Filivs Dinae's Collaborative Work
invited review article with Edwin Nasr / ArteEast / November 2017

Dissenting Departed Polity: Life, Death, and Art in the Extrastate (thesis)
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture and Design / June 2017

The 5m² Maid’s Room: Lebanon’s Racist, Gendered Architecture
FailedArchitecture, Jadaliyya / November 2016

 
 

AWARDS / grants

Production grant by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM Web Residency for systemcare
February 2019

Highest Grade Point Average Award at Lebanese American University
June 2015

Full-tuition Merit scholarship at Lebanese American University
2012-2017

 

EMPLOYMENt / vOLUNTEERING

In parallel to artistic practice, I continue to take on work that in the fields of research, visualization and rendering, architectural consulting, editing, copy-writing, and translation. Most recently, I have worked as communications coordinator at Beirut Art Center, architecture assistant to Omaya Malaeb, artist assistant to Akram Zaatari, delegation member at Lebanese Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennial 2018, and rendering and visualization specialist to different architecture and design studios. I currently volunteer as English language instructor at Migrant Community Center.