The Multifaceted Evolution of Islamic Calligraphy in Time-based Media
A paper presented at "ILM: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam", University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 21-23 July 2016.
Calligraphy is known to be one of the prominent artforms in the visual culture of the Islamic world. in the second half of the twentieth century, it played a significant role in the development of a whole new artistic movement, usually referred to as the 'Calligraphic School of Art'. This new art movement or trend employed Islamic calligraphy as its raw material for artistic exploration. Trying to establish a dialogue between traditional Islamic calligraphy and modern aesthetic, contemporary artists who belong to the trend, have experimented with calligraphy in different styles and diverse range of media. Meanwhile, the ubiquity of screen technology and animation techniques in recent years has led to an increasing interest in using time-based media to create calligraphic art. Time-based media, in turn, offer myriad opportunities for exploring the proto-animated qualities of Islamic calligraphy. One of such artistic opportunities is the possibility to transform the function of calligraphy and to unfold its meaning over time. Being part of a practice-based PhD research, this paper studies a number of artworks, including some by the author, to demonstrate how certain aspects of Islamic calligraphy and its different resources of meaning-making may transform over time. The result of the study shows that ...