Report on September 30, 2018 SMRN meeting
SMRN had another wonderful meeting on September 30, with a nice big group of members joining. Present were: Carol Bier, Wael El Allouche, Walid El Khachab, Laura Marks, Steve Baris, Kalpana Subramanian, Yvan Tina, Narjis Mirza, Robbie Schweiger, Ziggy Lever, Tarek Elhaik, Azadeh Emadi, and Siying Duan.
This meeting opened with training on our newly launched SMRN website. Azadeh introduced the idea of the web site’s public and private faces and its functions, including exhibition, members’ blog, and private blogs for collaboration. Siying walked members through the basics of starting to use the website such as changing the password, building a profile and contributing to the members’ blog.
Narjis presented her beautiful light installation “Asfar” and research into the potential of light as a medium that transcends the physical and reaches towards the metaphysical. Her practice-orientated research is situated within the Islamic concept of Tashkik ul Wajud, where the reality (of a being) is understood as “a systematic intensification”. Through her research and art practice, she shares an Islamic understanding of the world through tracing movements of light, with an open spirit of reciprocity.
The presentation was followed by a super high-quality feedback and discussion as always.