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Summer evening in an extraordinary echo chamber: an Oriental garden. Where else could we encounter the great question of beauty more enclosed and vivid than here? To trace the mysterious power that beauty and music awaken in us? The “hidden” gardens of the Arab and Christian cultures were places where beauty was staged as a sign and path to something beyond. Here, in the interplay of Orient and Occident, we will go on an intercultural voyage of discovery of the form and effectiveness of beauty, looking “back” with the ancient Orientalist Walter Sommerfeld and looking “ahead” to current scientific findings with the neurocognition psychologist Rasha Abdel Rahman (inquired). Baroque harp, Persian art songs and today’s electronics combine to create a musical East-West diwan that crosses cultures and centuries.

And: What would “beauty” be in relationships among people, in society, and to nature and the future? Could it develop a new dynamic and productive force in the social?

With Prof. Dr. Walter Sommerfeld (Uni Marburg), Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman (HU Berlin, requested), Luise Enzian (baroque harp), Kaan Bulak (electronics, composition), Cymin Samawatie (vocals, composition). Hosted and moderated by Bernhard Glocksin, set up by Sabrina Rossetto

An event of the Wunderkammer-Reihe in cooperation with

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