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A Hidden Order

I had the opportunity to attend the private view and launch of A Hidden Order at the Princes School of Traditional Arts. The project is a collaboration between geometer Sama Mara and composer Lee Westwood who have created a digital method for producing Islamic geometric patterns using sound.

The design of the patterns were projected showing how the pattern built up further and further based on the composition of the musical sounds. Each key or note was interpreted by a program that would then convert the sound to form part of a colour and shape system. The programming was meticulously developed by Sama Mara but the development interface plays a hidden role in the final display of the artwork.

Read more about the project on the official website here: www.musicalforms.com/

Projection from live performance of A Hidden Order by Sama Mara and Lee Westwood

Projection from live performance of A Hidden Order by Sama Mara and Lee Westwood

Once the patterns have been generated they can be seen as standalone visuals. These were exhibited as digital prints along the walls at the PSTA.

Print generated from A Hidden Order

Print generated from A Hidden Order

Felix Ackermann’s Al Salam – 3D typeface

Felix Ackermann works with typography and has developed a grid system allowing him to portray a 3d typeface. The grid system is such that the view from above is different to that from the side or below, therefore allowing for more than one word and meaning within the same space.

Take a look at the images below for a better idea of how this works. The idea is that each differing view provides a different perspective.

Grid system typeface by Felix Ackermann. Image accessed via: http://www.wallpaper.com/directory/1950 [24 Dec 2013 13:53]

Grid system typeface by Felix Ackermann. Image accessed via: http://www.wallpaper.com/directory/1950 [24 Dec 2013 13:53]

The effects of this grid-based typeface can be effectively viewed in Ackermann’s  ‘Al-Salam’, commissioned by Queen Rania of Jordan.

Chalk Studios (based in London) were asked to 3d print the piece and have kindly granted me permission to share their photos of Al-Salam within this post.

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann accessed via Chalk Studios Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chalkstudios/

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann accessed via Chalk Studios Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chalkstudios/

The front perspective shows the words ‘al-salam’ in Arabic text. If you move across to view the words from the top they appear to transform and you see the word ‘Peace’ in English text.

My favourite image is this one where you can see the English word ‘Peace’ cast in shadow whilst seeing only the Arabic when viewing the artwork from in front.

Not only is there visual value to this work, and also the inventiveness to be appreciated but also ideas regarding communication and differences. Things can be deceptive or they can be enlightening. You just need to be prepared to have an open mind and look for what else can be found and learnt by trying a new perspective.

For more information and images on this work and the studios who conducted the 3D-printing, visit Chalk Studios’ web site: http://www.chalkstudios.co.uk/article/a-fresh-look-at-typography

About

A brief introduction – I am pursuing research at University of Kent on the topic of contemporary Islamic art in Britain and the use of digital technologies by artists within this art scene.

The study aims to understand the contemporary Islamic art scene from the perspective of artists, curators and the general public.

Alongside this will be an investigation into whether digital technologies are being adopted by these artists and if so, in which ways? Digital technologies can be used in a number of ways so I’ll be keeping the term ‘use‘ quite open. It will therefore apply to those artists who adopt digital technologies for not only producing but also presenting and curating their artworks.

I’m keen to hear public thoughts on this or related topics so please feel free to get in touch!

In the meantime, keep an eye out for new posts which will demonstrate the subject areas that will feed into, inform and shape the developments in my research.