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Senem Cinar (designer)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Melanie Crean (thesis advisor)




Open Doors is a multi channel interactive video installation that investigates the modern day aesthetic representation of the transcendental Sema ceremony.

Open Doors is an interactive audio and visual interpretation of this practice and thought. In my aesthetic expression of the Sema, the user is immersed in a foreign environment where s/he is surrounded by an interpretation or physical metaphor for Rumi's philosophy. Six screens, positioned in a hexagonal arrangement, form a circle enclosing the user, mimicking the Sema practice. Each screen loops experimental videos narrating the symbolic meaning of the Sema, getting rid of one's ego, one's sense of self.




Senem Cinar. Open Doors. 2011. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2011. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 21 Oct 2019.

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