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Nahum

Nahum is the Founding Director of KOSMICA, a global institute founded in 2011 with the mission to establish a platform for critical, cultural and poetic discourse on our relationship with outer space and the impact of space activities here on Earth.

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Year graduated 2008
Website www.nahum.xzy 
Occupation Composer
Country Mexico
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Nahum’s ouvre goes deep into human experience by contrasting our perceptions through unlikely perspectives. Navigating between the real and the imaginary his work produces events that reframe the way we understand the world. He often employs outer space technologies, illusionism, hypnosis and music to guide audiences into unsettling journeys to raise critical dialogues about the politics of existence. Nahum’s multidisciplinary work orchestrates a wide range of media that includes performance, installation, video, music, drawing and storytelling. 

Nahum serves as the Chair for the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS), at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in Paris. In 2014, he was the first artist to be awarded the title of Young Space Leader for his unique cultural contributions to astronautics and space exploration. Nahum is the Founding Director of KOSMICA, a global institute founded in 2011 with the mission to establish a platform for critical, cultural and poetic discourse on our relationship with outer space and the impact of space activities here on Earth. The Institute develops initiatives that bridge art and humanities, the space sector and wider society. KOSMICA explores the cultural impact of space exploration as well as thinking about the future of humanity while addressing the most urgent issues we are currently facing on Earth. 

His work has been exhibited and performed internationally in venues including: Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany; The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, British Museum, The Place in London, FACT Liverpool and Chapter, Cardiff in the UK; Garage Museum and Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, Russia; Galerija Kapelica, KSEVT, Ars Electronica, Linz, Switzerland; Kiblix Slovenia; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach,California, Rubin Center, el Paso, Texas in USA; Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; and Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Museo Jumex, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City and Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco in Mexico.

From 2008 to 2011 Nahum curated the legendary art and performance cult venue Shunt Vaults in London. In 2015 he curated the digital arts biennial TransitioMx in Mexico City. Since 2010 Nahum is an associate artist at the Arts Catalyst, London and a visiting lecturer at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Currently he is a fellow of the National System of Art Creators, National Fund for Culture and Arts in Mexico.

Nahum received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City and graduated with a distinction from a Master of Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2008. He coursed the Space Studies Programme at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France and Haifa, Israel in 2016. 

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