Dark Genesis: Lecture-Performance by Monira Al Qadiri


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Performance in English
Reservation required
5 €

Event overview

Dark Genesis: The Imageless Arbiter
Lecture-Performance by Monira Al Qadiri

People have been assigning divinity to strange objects that fall from the sky since time immemorial. But what would happen if we could imagine this scenario in real terms: that these objects do have a certain intelligence, and can say and show us things we otherwise would not have known or sensed?

This Lecture-Performance presents these science-fiction narratives as reality in order to instigate a sense of awe towards a universe we still don't understand.  This will be followed by a panel discussion with the artist Monira Al Qadiri and the scholar of Islamic Studies, Saud Al-Zaid, on Monira Al Qadiri's artistic practice and ethnofuturistic tendencies.

A new production commissioned by Haus der Kunst 

In English language

Tickets: 5 €, Online tickets are sold out

With HDK live you can also follow the performance as a live stream via the Haus der Kunst website. 

1 pm Brooklyn, New York
5 pm Dakar
7 pm Charlottenburg, Berlin
7 pm Haus der Kunst, Munich
8 pm Mishref, Kuwait
2 am Shinjuku, Tokyo (July 3rd)

Saud Al-Zaid is a scholar of radical Islamic thought and aesthetics. He specializes in the writings of Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), a literary critic and ideologue of the Muslim Brotherhood, and his aesthetic influence on the Salafis of Central Arabia and the Gulf.
Al-Zaid holds degrees in Economics and Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Arab Studies from the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and another Master in the Anthropology & Sociology of Religion from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He completed his doctorate in Islamwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin entitled “Modernity’s Other: An Intellectual Anthropology of Radical Islamic Thought”. Al-Zaid is based in Berlin and has given public lectures among others at Re:publica, the Berlin Biennale, Chaos Computer Club Congress, Computerspielemuseum.

Portrait Saud Al-Zaid
Portrait Saud Al-Zaid