interactive installation aug 2017 design & development
QAL, The anti-carpet, is an interactive generative audiovisual installation exploring environmental design in futuristic architecture with roots in Persian motifs.
Initial idea of this project was to make a connection between ancient persian art icons and link them with a new design objective in form of installation.
The key elements were Persian carpet & Persian garden which were consequence of the idea of an earthly paradise spread through Persian literature from the time of the Achaemenid Dynasty. As the word expresses, such gardens would have been enclosed. The garden's purpose was, to provide a place for protected relaxation in a variety of manners: spiritual, and leisurely.
A Persian carpet, made for a wide variety of utilitarian and symbolic purpose, produced in Iran and surrounding areas which once belonged to the Persian Empire, for home use, local sale, and export.
The tradition and style of garden design represented by Persian gardens has influenced the design of gardens from Andalusia to India and beyond.
In contrast with traditional carpet, 'qal' is not a single pattern, it is so mortal which dies in one second and it is very easy to create by motion of hands in real-time affected by light.
The patterns form on a transparent vertical screen as a carpet loom with a laptop in front.
The screen of laptop projects white light toward the hands of audiences and starts to generate patterns made by their movements.
Over 60 patterns is generated in one second which some of them were captured and printed on canvas in size of 1.5 m x 2 m.
The result is a new physical carpet with a lot of details in a very high dpi.
Because of countless possibility of different parameters such as amount of light in space, size & position of hands & color of skins, the patterns are unique and it is almost impossible to create the same one.