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"Instruments Built by the Planets"

In episode 11 of the Trickster Podcast, produced by the Berlin-based Trickster Orchestra, our doctoral fellow Philip Geisler talks with Prof. Dr. Wendy M. K. Shaw, a scholar of decolonial art history of Islamic cultures and former PI of our graduate school, about the history of mimesis in Islamic thought and its connections with music, art, and representation.

They discuss how Rumi’s mirror became a paradigm for internal mimesis, why Plato was depicted as a star-watching musician in Islamic poetry and painting, and how such premodern ideas of mimesis can help in breaking with modern cultural categories and serve decolonial artistic methods today.