⇧ 18 JULY – 9 AUGUST
⇩سايبر تصوف (cyber tasawwuf)
سايبر تصوف (cyber tasawwuf) is a Virtual Reality (VR) experience that explores an Islamic Sufi meditation that uses the Lataif E’sitta (the six subtleties). These are marked in the chest where they draw in spiritual ‘energy’ and correspond simultaneously to psychological and celestial space.
The meditation, or dhikr (worship), resembles Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) single night ascent into the heavens (Mi’raj). The semi-autobiographical piece crosses aesthetics of the modern technological – namely ‘cyborgian’ methodologies – with the Islamic cosmological – specifically the folk religious mystic practice known as Sufism. The mystical becomes digital, problematizing our conceptions of each. The oriental other – as a prosthetic in public space – ensouls this cyberspace questioning disenchantment, conceptions of the Muslim body and the nature of digital space. سايبر تصوف (cyber tasawwuf) investigates how Muslim subjectivity might interface with new and emerging technologies to agitate the demystified, white ‘cyborg’ body.