Thinking Together

Holy 204 Reading Group

With Yara Mekawei

Thinking Together, the festival’s discourse format, is dedicated to time-related issues and questions that lay at the heart of the festival.

Clusters of threads move across the white image area, emerging from a lump-like structure.

Visual concept & design: Eps51, Berlin

  • In English

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As part of her exhibition Holy 204 at daadgalerie and Thinking Together, Yara Mekawei is inviting the public to participate in a one-day reading group. The joint reading will center on the Sufi poems of Ibn Al-Farid and Alhallaj, which serves as the basis for her artistic work in Holy 204. The focus will be on the multi-layered approaches and perspectives offered by the texts, both historical and contemporary, their ambiguities and potential interpretations.

Including a live performance by Yara Mekawei and a contribution by Sufi expert, Eyad Abuali. The reading group is open to all interested parties; no previous knowledge is required. The texts will be read in Arabic and in English translation.

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.” (Donna Haraway)

Thinking Together is the discourse format of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues. Dedicated to the materiality of thought – the bodies, minds and senses that share this space –, the format provides time to connect to stories and through questions that lay at the heart of the festival.

Consisting of lectures, workshops, public talks, reading groups and experimental settings, Thinking Together invites artists, participants, guests and hosts to reflect present time related issues through the lenses of sound and vice versa.