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[The Brain] 24 Nov 2018 at 20:00

Discover what it’s like to be part of a collective brain: a self-organizing, complex system that generates autonomous output.

Doclab Live: Jacco Gardner’s Somnium 23 Nov 2018 at 20:00, 22:00

Sensory live performance in the ARTIS planetarium of Jacco Gardner’s new album Somnium and the kinetic installation Volverium by Thijs Biersteker.

DocLab Academy: Workshop Day at Lava Lab 20 Nov 2018 at 9:30

A full day of hand’s on workshops by several professionals, taking place at design and technology innovation lab Lava Lab.

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Zikr: A Sufi Revival

An interactive virtual reality journey into a world of ecstatic ritual and music.

Sufism is a branch of Islam that is often cast as esoteric. But in Tunisia, Sufism is deeply bound to national heritage and popular culture. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Tunisia is also looking to Sufism as a viable and more individualistic alternative to conservative Salafi movements.

Understanding Sufism, by its very nature, is experiential. Zikr: A Sufi Revival takes four participants on an interactive virtual reality journey into a world of ecstatic ritual, dance and music, in order to explore the nature of faith alongside followers of this mystical Islamic tradition. Singing and dancing alongside members of the Tunisian group Association de la Renaissance du Maalouf et du Chant Soufi de Sidi Bou Saïd, you can activate visual and hidden experiential features through your body and voice. Through the physical experience of the Sufi tradition and interviews with its practitioners, this VR experience aims to bring to light the nuances of this religion, revealing a practice of inclusion, acceptance, art, joy and understanding.

Project details

Year of development :2018
Created by:Gabo Arora, John Fitzgerald, Matthew Niederhauser

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