Since early 2020, everything has changed. We cannot continue our public events as we did during the 2017-2020 period. Therefore, we have launched Sarmad Radio, which is the podcast section of Sarmad Platform, aiming to extend our conversations, thoughts, and experiments in an auditory realm.

The episodes each feature a guest, and  include research, readings, conversations, stories, music, noise, and jokes. These podcasts are produced as part of our project Image-Norms-Power (2021-2022).

Episode 1 - Mental health with Hamja Ahsan

In this first episode, our theme is mental health and we talk (among other things) about introversion, the sometimes-unbearable weight of being a full-time artist, depression as a defense mechanism of our bodies, the 27 club and about doing absolutely nothing.

Episode 2 - Cleaning as Training to Stay in the Now - Shooukei Matsumoto

In episode 2 we had the honor of talking with Shoukei Matsumoto, Japanese Zen Buddhist monk, who is the author of the life-changing book "A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind", which has been translated into 18 different languages.

Shoukei argues that cleaning is not just about removing dirt but a practice to stay in the present, a practice of cultivating the mind and heart.

In this episode, we talked about Shoukei's journey to a monastic life, discussed the book in details, read some excerpts from it, had some insightful discussion about cleaning different parts of house and found some common things between the Japanese and Iranian culture.

This project is made possible by the generous support of Mondriaanfonds and Gemeente Rotterdam.