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

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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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