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An Algorithmic Aesthetic of Pattern: Examining Traditional Islamic Textiles -  Slow Fiber Studios Office  •   Berkeley, California, USA
May 27, 2017 - May 27, 2017

Local Islamic art and textile scholar Carol Bier’s illustrated lecture will explore the origins of an algorithmic aesthetic that permeated arts throughout the Islamic world in the 9th-12th centuries. Participants will have an opportunity to examine and handle a variety of Islamic textiles in addition to works in other media, and to consider processes of pattern-making based on design algorithms. Regional, cultural, and religious specificities will also be discussed.

Carol’s presentation will be followed by a potluck social open to the public.

Presentation (registration required) 11am – 12:30pm

Potluck Social (open to the public) 12:30pm – 2pm

Carol Bier is curator of the exhibition Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, on view through May 26 at the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, as well as Visiting Scholar at its Center for Islamic Studies. She is Research Associate at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., where she also served as Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections. She has authored numerous articles on patterns as intersections of art and mathematics.

Venue Info:
Slow Fiber Studios Office
696 Hilldale Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708