an ajayeb’s network making
Installation of a station for research presentation in the context of the exhibition No Communication Without Noise - five a.pass researches, curated by Laura Herman. The video and the pop-up book materialize a slice into the process of intense artistic research in a.pass during 2016-2017. While each of the components of the installation embody different energies (savage, omnivorous, fragmentary, and accidental) towards knowledge, they compose together ‘a place of study’ that ventures into the thickness of a speculative work on Persian medieval bestiaries.
This project is about Aja'ib al-makhluqat wa ghara'ib al-mawjudat (Persian: عجایب المخلوقات), in short ajayeb: a cosmographic encyclopedic knowledge-assemblage from the Middle Ages, more known in Europe as The Book of Wonders. In trying to explore the intensity and plasticity of lived compositions proliferating in their world, the authors of ajayeb created reports of the world in dense and textured stories of entanglements of affect, attention, the senses, and matter. Ajayeb’s textual aesthetic body is ‘a once lived affect,’ pushing a present into a composition, an ‘expressivity’ that tries to guess and describe ‘what is the world up to’ in little animal moments, small-time materialist scenes, as well as macrocosmic, big-time world formations.