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Aql-i Surkh ("The Crimson Intellect") (2016) - multi-media performance with Luis Negrón van Grieken and Ali Chakav

presented in Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln

As a form of jam-session this project takes one of Suhrawardi’s famous treatises—aql-i-sorkh—and unravels his 'theory of vision' in its mystical dimension and philosophical discourse, physical and spiritual sense of relationships between knowledge, presence, light and self.

This project engages with the luminous world of lights, angels, archetypes and the interconnected web of ideas that Shihab al-Din Suhrawardi put forward. Suhrawardi is one of the most influential figures in the history of Islamic philosophy. His writings have travelled from Syria to India few centuries after him (instrumental in making the intellectual milieu of this region receptive to the philosophy of Mulla Sadra), his influence continued in Pakistan and further in such regions as Turkey and to th