An Intro to Islam
openlab of KHM Rundgang, Köln 2014.
release-event of Shilly Shally #2 at SCHALTEN UND WALTEN, Köln 2014.
King Georg club-bar, Köln 2015.
The performance-lecture aims at the relationships between the different voices in Islam: the prophet, the reciter, and myself, as someone who has grown up in Iran during the development of country’s educational and religious transformation to Islamic doctrinaire after a revolution. By speaking like an Imam and electronically enhanced singing, the performer acquires the tools of the prophet of Islam to examine how a prophet sounds to his listeners at his time and after fourteen centuries.
By drawing, on one hand, a personal picture of the history of Islam, the story of voice, and reflecting on a life-experience of growing up in its realms, the lecture brings up the meaning of being a child in that certain society marked by the Islamic scholarship and ideology, and that which happens in the classroom structured by the ideas that were adapted from Islam and its traditions. On the other hand, the performance is an elaboration on the issue of memory, as something that is real but not actual. Memory is the space where art and love can be called into being, and—in a Deleuzian term—belongs to the virtual domain. The recalling of the past in the vortex of written or spoken propositions of Islamic textualities also entails its forgetting—a talking conciseness that tries to catch up to a contemporary image of science and art, but it fails to reach a therapeutic whole. There are themes of illustration and influence, issues of domain and selection which are raised by the juxtaposition of architecture, history, culture, and personal experience.