Region/Concept: Middle East, Space
Sub-Concepts: Madness, Solitude, Derangement, Rapture
Description: Deaf-mute Iranian peasant builds stone garden.

This episode reveals the powerful transposition of the loss of language into a spatial arena. It thereby raises the following questions: How does the pain of mutedness and incommunicability become its own expressive device? How does the impasse of a lone man’s incomprehensibility and isolation become an elite license to cosmological re-creation? In what way is this transition from the abstract domain of the word to the concrete stratum of the stone (from discourse to geology) a will to rapture, apotheosis, and mystical exaltation? What is the final implication of this alternative modality of belonging for our sense of being-in-the-world, and what esoteric principles can one excavate from his dance of derangement?

Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh