INDISHĀR إندشار | Metamorphous Calligraphy & Tile Installation
Site: Palais Kheireddine
Set in the Palais Kheïreddine in the Medina of Tunis, INDISHĀR is a projection of Tunisian calligraphy disseminating, deforming, and reassembling in a fluid motion. A wandering light source imposes organic wave fields on the hand-written words while illuminating kaleidoscopic tessellations of characteristic tile patterns all found and captured on-site, in the Medina of Tunis.
Rarely resting in their original brush strokes fully on the metamorphous fluid surface and accompanied by ambient soundscapes the words and phrases can most often be merely imagined and thus engender a sense of ephemerality and indefinite meaning, both ideas that explicit letters generally oppose.
* INDISHĀR is a Tunisian portmanteau word blending the meaning of indiʈār إندثار ‘to fade’ and intiʃār إنتشار ‘to spread’ — devised at a digital time that witnesses the craft of handwriting becoming a fading and particulate matter.
Karim ben Halima