Traditionally in Islamic culture and history many calligraphers practised music and vice-versa. In the literary tradition of the art of calligraphy we have many quotes that explain or imagine calligraphy as visual music; however, these refer mostly to poetic imagination.
This lecture proposes a study of these two artistic domains in order to present the elements through which we can analyse this “visual music”.
For the artist, an awareness of the musicality inherent in visual forms can open the door to new ways of creating visual compositions, as well as enrich the lens through which we look at calligraphy – translating sound into a visual harmony and vice-versa.
This lecture will take place in the Sarah Fell Room, which is located on the 1st Floor of Friends House.
This lecture is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, which aims to develop Asian arts courses at The School.