2023 PASS: Meter & Light (Part 2) by Zain Alam

Meter & Light is an aesthetic inquiry into the rhythmic foundations that fashion senses of time as lived by Muslims. Drawing upon the artist’s training in Islamic studies and as a composer, a three-channel audio/video installation depicts the cyclical measures used to mark the passage of light, seasons, and spiritual revelation. Joined by collaborators Sam B. Jones for cinematography and Warren Hildebrand for audio engineering, Alam will begin working on Part 2 of the installation series at Snug Harbor and activating the work-in-progress in mixed audio/visual performance.

WHEN: December 9 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Newhouse Center, Building G in Gallery 3

ADMISSION: General Admission: $10 | Snug Harbor Member: $8 | BUY TICKETS HERE

About the artist

Zain Alam is an artist and composer of Indian & Pakistani origin, born in Flushing, Queens and raised outside of Atlanta, GA. Described as “a unique intersection, merging the cinematic formality of Bollywood and geometric repetition of Islamic art,” Alam’s work scores a diasporic vocabulary of immigrant life in America. Alam’s practice extends his sonic vision into video, performance, and writing. His works are braided together by possibilities of the borrowed voice, re/de-contextualization, and bricolage—personal mosaics of sound that seek to empower minorities and the marginalized to engage in self-creation on their own terms. His essays have been published in Miami Rail, Buzzfeed, and The New Yorker, and his recording project Humeysha has been covered by the New York Times, Vice, and Village Voice. He is a 2023 NYSCA (New York State Council for the Arts) Composer/Compositions awardee and is currently at work on I am Sounding a Sacred Space, a performance series premiering this fall with Silo City and Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center.


PASS is a residency program focused on the creation and development of original works in dance, music, theater, and multi-disciplinary performance. Artists live and work in one of our historic cottages, with studio space available for the creation, development and presentation of new work. At the end of each residency, artists share their work in a public work-in-progress performance across the campus. PASS provides time, space, financial, and curatorial support to incubate artists in the development of their work. PASS is a unique, sought-after opportunity for performing artists living, creating, and presenting new work in New York City. Snug Harbor is proud of its role as an arts incubator and cultural anchor for Staten Island.

PASS: Performing Arts Salon Saturdays residency program is made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative.