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Mercury on Wednesday 

Sound Installation

Zurich, Switzerland 2019

The historical foundations of sorcery in Islam were built in three stages.  Original Arabia provided the usual magical tools for protection, healing, divination which were integrated and legitimized by the Islamic institution.  From the 9-10th centuries onwards, the introduction and domination of Hellenistic (Greco-Irano-Indian) esoteric thought have disrupted the general frameworks of magic intervention: astrological determinations had dominated in the conception and elaboration of talismanic practices. Severely shaken by the Hellenistic offensive, Islam gradually reacted and, as far as witchcraft was concerned, focused its efforts on the condemnation and elimination of the astrological framework and on its replacement by intrinsically Islamic elements. Conceptually, the notion of sihr (witchcraft), condemned religiously, is still an activity active because of a total lack of definition and delimitation. 

Mercury on Wednesday is a simulation space based on an old paper founded in the book ‘The Sun of a Great Knowledge’ by Al’ama Abi El-Abas Al-Bony in the 13th century AD. What is really interesting is the contents of the drawings about the Angel Michael who is responsible for the discharge of wind directions and the plants on the earth, he is the king of Mercury, and Wednesday day, people who want to call him and his followers should follow some instructions.

In this project, I represent the instructions in a contemporary theory based on that papers with composing a soundtrack based on the Arabic vocabulary reputation of the text into a MIDI and sound waves.

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