“This place is a dream.” ~ Rumi
My name is Kirsten Roya Azal. I am an Artist, Author, Designer, Healing Spirit and Geek, based outside of Berlin, Germany. Here the sky is wide and of a deep blue hue. Mental Health, Islamic Philosophy, Science and Heritage, Digital and Occult Worlds, Nature, Esotericism, Islamic Shamanism, Mysticsm, Sufism and the Healing Arts are my themes. Currently I am working on materials to counter abuse by technology and the myriad of problems we are collectively experiencing.
I know Islam as a holistic, powerful and mind opening religious culture, that has in nothing to do with the travesty that is presented in the media and fed to various lunatics on all sides of the imaginary fences that twist things beyond any recognition. This travesty however is in my assessment part of the virtual explosion (or "implosion", according to media critic Marshal McLuhan). A closer look on the relationship between spiritual health and the digital is long overdue I believe.
The story of humanity is a shared story and Islamic art and the philosophical and mystical heritage is a vast and greatly under-appreciated and unexplored treasure that contains many wonderful inspirations. Islamic culture and it's achievements in advanced mathematics, chemistry and medicine are famous examples of what the human mind can achieve when it engages with things beyond the surfaces of our immediate perception. For me as an artist the art and science of Islam and specifically Sufism is an unlimited source of inspiration and revelation. With my work I try to get beyond our cultural and cognitive surfaces and bring to attention the treasures within Islam and it's artistic, spiritual and aesthetical heritage - it has much to contribute to our current global issues and problems.
My background: I moved to London in my 20s and worked as Editorial Assistant and Interface Designer, Illustrator, User Experience Expert and Information Architect. I also lived in New York City for a while where I created “Net Art”. My life was interrupted by cyberstalking and hacking, and abuse by the UK police and officials whose job would have been to protect me, but who let me (like many other people) down. It is part of the current global crisis. Islamic and esoterical Christian teachings gave me mental tools to explain to me what has happened in and through the "virtual" (digitized) world and showed me a way forward and out. In 2012 I returned to Germany.