16th century Persian tiles in dialogue with 21st century digital tiles in the Sadrian universe

Emadi, A. (2016) 16th century Persian tiles in dialogue with 21st century digital tiles in the Sadrian universe. Kimiya-ye-Honar, 4(17), pp. 16-31.

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This article brings together tiles of 16th century Persian architecture and 21st century digital tiles of moving image to explore new potentials beyond the perceived image. As minimal parts of a bigger image, they both appear still and motionless. However, Persian Islamic philosopher, Mulla Sadrā Shirazi’s (1571-1640) theory of ‘substantial motion’ (al-harakat al-jawhariyya) argues that, at the level of substance, an invisible internal motion and change takes place. Due to this internal change, aspects of the Divine Being constantly manifest in the existence of entities. Sadrā’s unique view on existence suggests that all living and non-living entities, as manifestations of the Divine Being, have certain experiences of the universe. To think that an image, a tile, or a pixel, as an existing entity, has certain experiences can unfold new avenues for creative thinking/making in digital moving image that can reveal what is hidden from human perception.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Digital video, Islamic philosophy, Mulla Sadrā Shirazi, Persian-Islamic art, tiles, pixels, Gilles Deleuze.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Emadi, Dr Azadeh
Authors: Emadi, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Kimiya-ye-Honar
Publisher:Advanced Research Institute of Arts (ARIA)
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Kimiya-ye-Honar
First Published:First published in Kimiya-ye-Honar 4(17): 16-31
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Editor

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