Calligraphy

Science

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

Posted August 2nd, 2013

Arab World, Art History, Books, Calligraphy, Science

The Book of Secrets was copied in 1266 (in Toledo) from an original dating back to the eleventh century by the Andalusian engineer Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi. It is an extraordinarily important manuscript in the field of the history of science, because it represents one of… Read More

Technology

Robot teaches kids art of calligraphy

Robot teaches kids art of calligraphy

Posted August 2nd, 2013

Calligraphy, Education, Kids, Technology

Learning the art of calligraphy normally takes years or even a lifetime. But Japanese children could master calligraphy much quicker now. A robot teacher utilizing the very same techniques of one Juho Sado, a 90-year-old calligraphy master, to get those neat characters on paper, has… Read More

Videos

Visual Arabia 2013

Visual Arabia 2013

Posted May 3rd, 2013

Animation, Arab World, Calligraphy, Design, Videos

Most excellent website “Watch the titles” is taking a look at Visual Arabia 2013, the gathering of creatives in the field of design, illustration, animation and photography which took place for the first time on March 20, 2013 in Dubai: “Visual Arabia 2013 was born… Read More

Videos

el Seed – Master of Calligraffiti

el Seed – Master of Calligraffiti

Posted March 10th, 2013

Arab World, Calligraphy, Graffiti, Street Art, Tunisia, Videos

ikonoTv has featured el Seed early on and continues to be amazed by his work. The Jara Mosque in Gabes boasts the tallest minaret in all of Tunisia and now it is covered in el Seed’s signature calligraffiti. Exactly one year after the Jasmine revolution,… Read More

Conceptual Art

قلب – Arabic Programming Language as Conceptual Art

قلب – Arabic Programming Language as Conceptual Art

Posted January 27th, 2013

Arab World, Calligraphy, Computer Art, Conceptual Art

“قلب, as far as I know, is the first programming language that’s also a conceptual art piece,” says Ramsey Nasser, computer scientist and a fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Art+Technology Center. He can’t read the Russian hacker forums or the Chinese Twitter accounts buzzing about… Read More

Shows

Contemporary Iranian Calligraphy: The Next Generation

Contemporary Iranian Calligraphy: The Next Generation

Posted June 13th, 2012

Calligraphy, Iran, Shows

Iranian art has entered a particularly significant period of transformation, driven by a thriving artistic community both inside and outside of Iran. Galerie Kashya Hildebrand will present six emerging contemporary artists (Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Mohamad Bozorgi, Habib Faraj Abadi, Hadieh Shafie, Abolfazi Shai and Behrouz Zindashtiof)… Read More

Islam

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Koran

Afghan calligrapher creates world’s largest Koran

Posted January 19th, 2012

Afghanistan, Calligraphy, Islam

“An Afghan calligrapher has worked for five years to create the world’s biggest Koran, a bid to show the world that Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage and traditions have been damaged but not destroyed by 30 years of war. The lavish book has pages 2.28 meters… Read More

Lebanon

Lebanon’s last Arabic scribes struggle in IT age

Lebanon’s last Arabic scribes struggle in IT age

Posted July 29th, 2011

Calligraphy, Lebanon

“Lebanon’s few remaining Arabic calligraphers, whose elegant script and interweaving words transport one to another era, are working to preserve an art form struggling to compete with new technology. “The computer is a wonderful tool but in no way can it replace an artist or… Read More

Typography

Street Artist RETNA’s $60 Million Vista Jet

Street Artist RETNA’s $60 Million Vista Jet

Posted May 25th, 2011

Calligraphy, Shows, Street Art, Typography

“As part of a partnership with VistaJet & Bombardier Aerospace, 31 year old Los Angeles street artist RETNA has hand-painted a unique artwork on the tail of a VistaJet Global Express XRS as part of his Hallelujah World Tour,” reports If it’s hip it’s here…. Read More