Sound and Silence in the Line: Re-Reading Turkish Islamic Calligraphy for Interactive Media Design

Unluer A. A. , Ozcan O.

LEONARDO, vol.43, pp.450-456, 2010 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1162/leon_a_00037
  • Title of Journal : LEONARDO
  • Page Numbers: pp.450-456


The purpose of the research reported is to argue that "formal" design solutions of past cultures can generate innovative ideas in interactive media design The authors ask how a traditional art in which body motion is used, namely Turkish Islamic calligraphy-Khatt-can help create innovative solutions for digital interaction design Taking inspiration from Khatt the authors have developed a project with the aim of allowing an audience with no prior calligraphy background to experience the performance process of calligraphy by reproducing it themselves By creating a performance interface that provides predictability components, the authors have correlated the visual compositions with sound