Middle Eastern Films Before Thy Gaze Returns to Thee: — in Less than 1/24 of a Second

Talk

WHEN May 22, 2016
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

This talk is the keynote address for Abstraction Unframed, the fourth conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Turkey and Iran (AMCA), held in collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation.

If one takes into consideration the mutakallimūn’s occasionalist denial of nature, then in Islam abstraction applies before the Muslim artist plans an artwork and touches his tools; the primary abstractionists of Islam are the atomistic occasionalists. Islamic art abstracts only secondarily, merely accentuates the primary abstraction advanced and argued by atomistic occasionalism.

Image courtesy of Nasser Al Salem and Athr

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