Video and music by Paul H Williams
Filmed on location in Abu Dhabi
Best experienced with headphones
Genie (Arabic: جني jinnī, or djinni) is a supernatural creature in Pre-islamic and Islamic mythology which (according to both mythology) occupies a parallel world to that of mankind, and together with humans and angels makes up the three sentient creations of Allah. (1)
The Holy Qur’aan reveals that Jinn are created from fire whereas the human beings are created from clay. Although they are invisible to human eyes, the jinn can see us... (2)
I have always felt that the empty swimming pools and abandoned hotels featured in JG Ballard's stories are symbols of loss and can be seen as "ghosts". The empty structures shown here are in the process of being made and therefore have a very different relationship with time.
In this video I wanted to mix Ballardian landscapes with elements of Islamic mythology to arrive at something new and unfamiliar.
This is the reality of this part of the middle east: 21st century technologies combined with religious beliefs forged in the 7th century.
Majlis al Jinn takes place on a site that is between dream and waking; between conception and realisation. As it pushes its way into our reality perhaps we can already feel the presence of those beings who may eventually live there... human or other... it will depend upon who comes...