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Tze-yue G. Hu, Masao Yokota, and Gyongyi Horvath

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826268

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826268.001.0001

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Animating with the Primordial Pen

Animating with the Primordial Pen

Mystic and Sufi Inspirations in Calligraphic Animation

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(p.99) Animating with the Primordial Pen
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Animating the Spirited
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M. Javad Khajavi

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826268.003.0008

Calligraphic animations are contemporary expressions of the Islamic visual culture. Letters, words, and other calligraphic elements featured in these animations are charged with extra-linguistic connotations, holding esoteric meanings that are originally rooted in Gnostic and Sufi interpretations. In these animations, letters, words and calligraphic elements are not simply linguistic signs but hold culturally coded-meanings that need to be interpreted. The essay studies two short calligraphic animations, Creation (2008) by Ghasem Hashemi and the award-winning Amentü Gemisi Nasil Yürüdü (1970) by Tonguç Yaşar, with regard to their use of mystic symbolism and gnostic metaphoric language. The author argues that calligraphic animations like these make meanings through interactions between various levels of signification, which include visual qualities of calligraphy, semantic content, and extra-linguistic connotations rooted in Islamic mysticism. The author also introduces his artistic creation, The Third Script (2017), educating the reader about the deeper meanings of the calligraphic elements presented and the symbolism they behold.

Keywords:   Arabic calligraphy, calligraphic animation, Sufism, Islamic mysticism, esoteric meanings

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