Selwa Abd is a moroccan-born artist, music composer and designer based in New York City.
Operating under the moniker Bergsonist, she utilizes intuitive techniques to explore multifaceted themes of identity, social politics, and technology across various mediums, including video, design, audio-visual performances, and music composition.
Her prolific and thought-provoking output challenges critical questions surrounding the future of technology, her own fragmented personal identity shaped by the complexities of post-colonial urban environments, and the influence of virtual realities on contemporary society.
Inspired by Deleuze's interpretation of Henri Bergson's philosophical framework, she embraces intuition as a legitimate method for investigating these complex issues in all her creative endeavors. In her sound performances, she thoughtfully blends electronic manipulations with acoustic sounds, drawing inspiration from musique concrète and minimalism traditions.
Selwa collaborated with a wide range of cultural agents and artists from the art and music worlds, including: Depeche Mode, Meriem Bennani, Miho Hatori, Asif Mian, Meow Wolf, Tresor Records, Boiler Room and Eva Davidova among others.
She is a recipient of the SACEM grant (2020), Harvestworks Technology Immersion Program Grant & Fellowship (2022), the Issue Project Room Residency (2022) and The Jerome Hill Artist Alternate Award (2023).
Selwa has earned recognition from outlets including The Washington Post, BOMB Magazine, GQ Middle East Magazine, Bandcamp Daily, Resident Advisor and Artforum. Her music has been released on labels such as Optimo Music and Tresor Records.