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    From Alhambra to Digital Projection: Designing a Digital Media Cultural Heritage Project Based on the Transformative Qualities of Islamic Calligraphy


    Khajavi, Mohammad Javad (2018) From Alhambra to Digital Projection: Designing a Digital Media Cultural Heritage Project Based on the Transformative Qualities of Islamic Calligraphy. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), 364 (012053). ISSN 1757-8981

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    Abstract

    This paper traces how the design of a new media cultural heritage project was inspired by the transformative qualities found in many specimens of Islamic calligraphy. As certain scholars have pointed out, Islamic art is filled with examples of letters and words that appear to transform into things other than text. Indeed, such transformative qualities can be seen across the Islamic world and on a diverse range of artefacts, including the epigraphs on the walls of the Alhambra palace and the religious texts on Ottoman Turkish scrolls written in ghubār (which literary means “dust” in Arabic) script. In this paper, the author outlines two broad types of transformative qualities that can be distinguished in many specimens of Islamic calligraphic art, namely, the metamorphosis of the form and the transformation of the function of the letters and words. The paper then demonstrates how, inspired by such transformative qualities, the designers of a cultural heritage project created a calligraphic installation for museums and galleries in which letters are transformed from text to image and vice versa. Using a projection mapping system, words are transformed into images devoid of any semantic meaning, and then revert back into readable text again. Finally, the paper investigates how the transformation of the function of calligraphy renders readability a transitory process in this artwork, and how the technique used in the creation of this artwork can be applied to cultural heritage sites as an educational and entertainment tool.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd. Cite as: M J Khajavi 2018 IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 364 012053
    Keywords: Alhambra; Digital Projection; Designing; Digital Media Cultural; Heritage; Project Based; Transformative Qualities; Islamic; Calligraphy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 13367
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/364/1/012053
    Depositing User: Javad Khajavi
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 14:50
    Journal or Publication Title: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
    Publisher: IOP Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
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