Multimodal PhD Project

Sonic Atmospheres

in spiritual dance

Contemporary secular spiritual practices of conscious dance integrate music in the pursuit of connection. How do students of Ecstatic Dance conceive, operationalize and deal with this mediating relationship? 

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Speculative sound ethnography

Curatorial Project

Islamic Atmospheric Cosmotechnics

Co-authored with Anthropologist of Technology Chakad Ojani on a project for the Fragmentary Institute of Comparative Timelines hosted at Osaka University, Japan. We created an experimental ethnographic recording from a place in a timeline that does not exist, beyond EuroAmerican modernity

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Ethnographic Documentary

Zikr: 99 Remembrances

A 14-min  ethnographic documentary about the zikr, the continuous chanting of the 99 names of God in Sufism. 

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Ethnographic GIF Art

Dhamaal sonic ecstacy

Rhythms of sounds and bodily movement align in ecstatic moments of Faan'a, the Sufi concept of the elimination of ego in the love of god. 

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Dance

Photo & Video

Arte Vital

Arte Vital is an ongoing artistic collaboration with dancer and Gestalt therapist Faust Espejel. These are a series of videos and photos of various ceremonies and rituals involving life and death, taking place in Barcelona and in the surrounding territories. 

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Photo Essay

Touch Here to (Dis)connect

Exploration of the relationship between embodied practices like dancing, and spiritual pursuits in/out of western modernity in "spirituality" festivals in northern Spain. 

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Ethnographic photos

Travel Photography

Samples of the photos I take on my trips. 

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Illustrated manual

Curatorial Project

Cultivating a Multispecies Sensibility

Co-authored with Adrianna Szojda and Francisco Rocha. A submission to the Multispecies Imaginaries exhibition, this is an illustrated manual for living with others. I also helped to curate the exhibition as part of my participation in the ON MEDIATION course 2020-2021.

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Photo Essay

Doing Salat / Sacrilizating Space

Members of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi order often "stamp the earth with the name of God" (Werbner, 1996), meaning they sacralize, through the performance of salat (prayer), otherwise secular spaces. Exhibited at the Shared Sacred Project at the University of Cambridge. 

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Video & Dance Performance

Spiritual Sensorial Mediations

A collaboration with dancer Eva Trapeznicova. An exploration in the anthropology of the body and media perspectives of religion. 

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Photo Essay

Silsilah

Master-disciple relationship, a link in a chain that connects contemporary Sufis to the Prophet. 

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Video

Dia de los muertos

A multimodal ritual involving sounds, tastes, images, and movements to commemorate the Mexican day of the dead. 

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Ethnographic photos

Punjam em portugal

Co-authored with Kat Puchowska. A portraiture series and sound recordings of interviews done with Punjabi farmers living in the small rural town of Odemira, in the south of Portugal, .

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