Selwa Abd is a moroccan-born artist, music composer and freelance designer / consultant based in New York City.
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.

Selwa collaborated with a diverse array of cultural artists spanning the realms of both the art and music worlds. Her musical compositions were showcased in exhibitions of contemporary visual artists, she also remixed the works of musical artists, including Depeche Mode. 

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 shown works at MOMA Ps1, Roulette, Moogfest , National Sawdust, Issue Project Room x The Center for Performance Research, Basilica Hudson, Fridman Gallery, The James Gallery, 47 Canal and The Brooklyn Film Festival to name a few.

Selwa has earned recognition from outlets including The Washington Post, BOMB Magazine, GQ Middle East Magazine, Resident Advisor, Mixmag Mena and Artforum
Her music has been released on labels such as Optimo Music and Tresor Records.

Selwa is the founder of the community resource
Pick Up The Flow and the publishing imprint BIZAARBAZAAR. She's been a NTS Radio resident since 2018.


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Discography / Bandcamp







Bergsonist
In 2014-2015, Selwa started her Bergsonist project. Bergsonist is known for her work in film scoring, commissions for contemporary artists, and dance music production. Notably, she has remixed tracks for iconic bands like Depeche Mode, showcasing her ability to blend innovation with established sounds. 
Her contributions to various creative spheres highlight her unique approach to music-making and her ability to captivate diverse audiences.

In her sound performances, she thoughtfully blends electronic manipulations with acoustic sounds, drawing inspiration from musique concrète and minimalism traditions.


Selected Press
MoMA Ps1 Warm Up Feature | Cultured Mag|  2023
NYC DJs Cover Story | Cult Classic | 2023
Best Music of 2022 | Art Forum | 2022
NYC Artists Breaking Barriers | GQ Middle East | 2022
Feature by Mark LeVine | Songlines | 2021
Bergsonist's techno diary | The Washington Post | 2020
Breaking Through Artist of 2020 | Resident Advisor 
Bergsonist's Bodiless Archive | Borshch Magazine | 2019
Elaborate Intuition | Bomb Magazine | 2018


Selected Commissions
Live Performance | National Sawdust | 2023
Live Performance | MOMA Ps1 Warm Up | 2023
Elaborate Intuition Mix | e-flux | 2023
Depeche Mode Remix | Columbia /Sony | 2023
Multi-media Live Performance | ISSUE Project Room 
Soundtrack Feature in Exhibition | Meriem Bennani
Soundtrack Feature in Exhibition | Asif Mian | 2022
Soundtrack Feature in Exhibition | Eva Davidova | 2022
Song Feature in Compilation | Tresor Records | 2021
Soundtrack Feature in Exhibition | Meriem Bennani
Music Compositiong for Film |Samy Sidali | 2020
Online Presentation A/V Piece | ISSUE Project Room
Soundtrack Feature | Meow Wolf | Janelle Langford
Songs Featured in Short Film | Boiler Room x Margot Bowman & Lynette Nylander | 2018


Awards
Artist Alternate Grant | Jerome Hill  | 2023
Scholarship Award | Harvestworks | 2022
Grant | SACEM x Mabel FIlms | 2020
Holly Herndon Nomination | Shure x Mixcloud | 2019
Bass Camp Participation |  RBMA | 2017


Spotify  |   Soundcloud   | NTS Radio Shows

Bandcamp    
Original music for the film "Jmar", Samy Sidali, 2020


Official remix for Depeche Mode, 2023


Soundtrack commissioned by Meriem Bennani for "Guided Tour Of A Spill", 2021


Multi-media performance in collaboration with Miho Hatori for Roulette, 2023


Music composition for ISSUE project room, video by Greg Zifcak, 2020


 Untitled, live performance commissioned by Julia Govor & Kamran Sadeghi for Fridman Gallery, 2022