NIGHT 377 – THE STORY OF UNS AL WUJUD AND AL WARD FIL AKMAM

Scroll for firecracker knot

There is more to the connections between carpets and computers. Indeed, weaving itself contributed to the rise of the early computers – Peruvian weavers, Jacquard looms, Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage and zeros and ones. 

We go beyond the binary to investigate the space in between the warp and the weft: the Buddhist spherical button knot enclosing an empty space invites us to consider the endless, cyclical nature of existence; eternal tazhib* illumination patterns dwell in a place outside of time and the very act of drawing geometry calls for musing on the mystical. Geometric and illumination constructions – the backbones of traditional rug making – form the basis of drawings, paintings, textiles, sculptures. Pixels are separated and recombined like alchemical processes by digital magicians. Contemporary artists contemplate the place of art and painting itself in the mass imagery we are flooded with daily in the Anthropocene, finding meaning in patterns amid the noise. Patterns are formed from stories, landscapes, weaving, kaftans and kimonos, clocks, the rhythm of everyday life… (to be continued in future post)

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NIGHT 376 – THE STORY OF UNS AL WUJUD AND AL WARD FIL AKMAM

A pixel is the smallest unit on a screen. It is a sample and contains among other things the basic information needed to build up an image. The more pixels, the higher resolution the image. 

Similarly, a woven carpet can be broken down to its smallest element, a single knot. The more knots, the more complex the rug.

Thence we sprout:

Pixels into digital images and videos. 

Knots into weaves into carpet patterns. 

Knots were used as communication, to save lives and end lives, record events and mark the passing of time.

Pixels proliferate into the swarm of wonderful and terrible images we are confronted with every time we meet a screen… (to be continued in future post)

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NIGHT 375 – THE STORY OF UNS AL WUJUD AND AL WARD FIL AKMAM

CARPET PAGES III: PIXELS

Online for our times

Taking pixels and knots as our starting points, in lockdown we break it down into the simplest smallest elements and build it up again. We have time to work out what’s important. We find that certain elements recur and by grace of their repetition they form gorgeous patterns.  This show brings together diverse artists who work with patterns in various ways. They fabricate their works in silence, in solitude, in home studios and share it with the whole world online. It’s a new way of working for our strange and interesting times and this virtual version of Carpet Pages reflects that process; many of the artists will meet each other online here for the very first time… (to be continued in future post)

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NIGHT 374 – THE STORY OF UNS AL WUJUD AND AL WARD FIL AKMAM

Shooting the suns

Shooting the suns 射日is a traditional Chinese tale of an archer who shot 9 suns 太阳and left 1 in the sky (there were 10 to begin with… so 10-9 = 1, although for me that is better illustrated by eating chocolate buttons in front of my kid. Once they’re gone, they’re gone). It precedes the story of Chang E and the Mid Autumn Festival 中秋节moon festival which I always loved as a kid in Hong Kong.

Always trying to incorporate archery in our homeschool as it teaches focus and honing skills… refining daily and a great metaphor for life. Traditional teaching (as in the much-loved book Zen and the Art of Archery 🏹 ) versus modern Montessori methods. I like both. Child- or student-led is really important. So when he got discouraged and disinterested (as the bow and arrow 弓箭 was for age 8+, although I tend to ignore these things when not safety-related) it was also a great lesson for me to let go. He came again and again to it – in his own time. Yet traditional methods also have their place – self discipline and rigour are also crucial if you want to hit the target 靶 🎯. Also a meditation on a devoted student is the story of Eklavia who eventually excels in archery thanks to his guru or master.

Did a giant target 靶 🎯 to not set it up for failure either, we all could definitely hit it as was so big and close. Baby steps

Culture + festivals + ancient and modern teaching + maths + Chinese language and vocab + focus + self-discipline + slowly slowly

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