Al-Issa, Asmaa - visiting hundun's territory...

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This project has been submitted to the Library for purposes of graduation, but needs to be audited for technical details related to publication in order to be approved for inclusion in the Library collection.
Term: 
Fall 2017
Degree: 
M.F.A.
Degree type: 
Project
Department: 
School for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty: 
Communication, Art & Technology
Senior supervisor: 
Laura Marks
Thesis title: 
visiting hundun's territory
Given Names: 
Asmaa
Surname: 
Al-Issa
Abstract: 
visiting hundun’s territory is a sculpture that stands 3 m tall, 2 m wide, and 0.9 m deep. The sculpture is made up of several elements: a drawing cut into a screen, fluorescent lights, a plastic curtain, and automated fans. The sculpture breathes, blowing its curtain when it exhales and sucking it against a screen door when it inhales, revealing the abstracted drawing. As a research project, this work intersects Daoist philosophies, Islamic art practices, and contemporary theories to agitate settled concepts such as infinity, spontaneity, and spirituality. The work explores the relationship between knowledge and intuition; going beyond concepts of quantifiable knowledge and embodied knowledge in an attempt to think through a concept of non-discursive knowledge.
Keywords: 
Daoism; Islam; non-discursive knowledge; nonknowing; sculpture; spirituality
Total pages: 
30