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El Sheikh Al Rayees

Sound Installation

Leipzig, Germany 2019

Compound sounds for Ibn Sina (Avicenna) c.980

 

I complain to God of time so he dismissed it ... He cast out my new strength while it is new

Distress has come to me and it is as if...I have become a magnet, and she is iron
I retell what I’ve read in the format of music. I am working on a music piece for the images I have seen of Ibn Sina, to be played alongside the text of one of his famous poems “When my price became high, there was no buyer.”

photos by: WaltherLeKon 2019

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This research is not to glorify a particular person - even though he deserves it - but rather to transfer the experience of Ibn Sina whose wisdom has overflowed to humanity. I will express this research in sound, my preferred medium in which I find multiple facets of philosophy, and I can transmit through it a number of years when Islam flourished and benefited the world with knowledge. This project expresses a simple viewpoint on time and age I never experienced, it is thus representing part of it, from a philosophical angle, about a kingdom through the eyes of one of its greatest thinkers. After reading many books about that era, I retell what I’ve read in the format of music. I am working on a music piece for the images I have seen of Ibn Sina, to be played alongside the text of one of his famous poems “When my price became high, there was no buyer.”

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