Neen, Bin al-Waqt
girlfish - Neen and Al-Waqt (Moment, Time): Early Principles
Created 2001 - 2004
What is Neen?
The Daughter of the Moment ~ Bint al- Waqt, لوقت
(S)he is the (wo)man who, having found Allah's Self-disclosure in each and every indivisible moment, worships and surrenders to the One Who IS the moment. ~ Sufi Wisdom, after Ali ElSenossi
"Neen, which by coincidence in old Greek means "exactly now, not a second later" was a controversial name (in a moment in art history, It was invented in 2002). Only a few people, felt that it was proper to call themselves Neenstars and what they do Neen, and this was because most of us, myself included, we are doing still a lot of TELIC. Our times, are Telic. But we want to see more Neen happening. Lets define Telic: (...) Telic is our relationship with the tools which help us design the World and see things in a perspective. (...) Neen however is miracles. ~ Miltos Manetas on Telic & Neen
I never wanted to be a Neenstar, but realized years after my girlfish work got on the net (in 2001) and was declared "Neen" that my work is very Neen indeed and that I am very Neen and that all of live is actually very Neen (if you dare to change your perspective). The love for the now was from the very onset of life with me. This love for the moment is within all of us. The child in us lives in a Neen-Now world and yearns for wonderful moments. The now of the moment is the miracle of everything. Only by not caring about cliches, etiquettes and expectations can we step into Neen as adults. Eating too much ice cream can be Neen, sitting in the grass and wondering about the clouds can be Neen. Being self-less can be Neen. Being unburdened from the allegded requirements of adulthood certainly aids Neen and allows us to see it when Neen happens.
The fever of life is within every cell of us and it lives in the wonderful world of millions of coincidences that are not really coincidences, but perfect design. But whose design? I am in love with this world of coincidence and constant change, in which every moment is unique and can illuminate completely unknown territories. Art that can talk about this floats differently. Out of this love and it's first manifestion in girlfish's animated pieces more ideas evolved in time via my path into Islamic mysticism.
With girlfish I created something that completely surprised me at first because I had no idea what it is supposed to be and where it came from within me. Is it butterflies? Insects? Flowers? I had no idea, so I called it "Rise and Shine, Parvaneh (Persian for Butterfly). I created my very first Neen piece of art right on 9/11. Really. So what is this? These are emerging new forms of life, glittering, floating, unfolding, enfolding, changing, moving. Something new is happening here, and it started to emerge on that nasty day in 2001. Rise & Shine. Am I trying to bring something beautiful into hideous politics? Perhaps.
Mysticism for me is the most Neen form of living and working and approaching art because the mystic is able to accept the struggle of life, the changes and surprises and he (she) has no desire to control. A mystic can accept to move beyond the ego, embrace the unknown in all it's complexity, and invites miracles and surprises. A mystic moment led me to Neen, and then Neen led me into mysticsm, and then mysticsm led me back to Neen. This means for me - 15 years later - that Islamic mystcism and Neen art are a marriage made in heavenly moments. Now I am Bind al Waqt, a daughter of the moment, a Neen Mystic of the early 21st Century.
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