Arhun Aksakal

Beads of Time

2-channel video, 07:07 min. 2018, Germany

The video installation shows a male hand using a black/white Islamic prayer bead – Tesbih – with 99 stones. Since the beads are fingered in an automatic manner, they allow the user to keep track of how many prayers have been said with a minimal amount of conscious effort. In various cultures prayer beads are used to mark the repetition of chants, meditation or for passing time.