2017 Event Series


Slow Fiber Studios’ 2017 event series Algorithmic Aesthetic is inspired by the themes of the exhibition Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, organized by the Center for the Arts and Religion (CARe). Curated by Islamic Art scholar Carol Bier and displayed in the Doug Adams Gallery at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the exhibition features seven contemporary American artists of diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds whose works draw upon the rich visual heritage of traditional Islamic art.

The Reverberating Echoes exhibition posits that rather than Eurocentric assumptions of decorative ornament, when examined in cultural context a defining feature of traditional Islamic art is an “algorithmic aesthetic” of pattern. Algorithmic Aesthetic will explore relationships between art, music, mathematics, and language by following threads of Islamic cultural heritage, weaving between the ancient and the contemporary, tradition and innovation. Through conversations, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, the series will investigate a range of topics including fine art, systems, music, architecture, calligraphy, and mathematics.

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Visiting Artist: Phil Webster


Phil Webster is a Santa Cruz-based artist trained in mathematics and cognitive science at MIT. His work, often employing contemporary technologies such as 3D-printing, laser-cutting, and dye sublimation, addresses the intersection of mathematical form and pattern with ancient design tradition.

Source: Exhibition Catalog, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired By Traditional Islamic Art


Subject: Fractal Islamic patterns, and printing & laser cutting as artistic tools
Phil Webster | September 3, 2017
Event details TBA




Mathematical Foundations to Islamic Design:
Classical Tilings and the Work of Dr. W. K. Chorbachi
Dr. Jay Kappraff | July 3, 2017

Photo courtesy of Jay Kappraff



Engineering Ornament + Introduction to the Art of Arabic Calligraphy
Dr. Mamoun Sakkal | July 1 – July 2, 2017

Photo courtesy of Mamoun Sakkal



Engineering Ornament: Square Kufic Calligraphy in Textile Design
Dr. Mamoun Sakkal | July 1, 2017

Photo courtesy of Mamoun Sakkal



An Algorithmic Aesthetic of Pattern: Examining Traditional Islamic Textiles
Carol Bier | May 27, 2017

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Photo courtesy of Carol Bier



Hira-Ori: Shadowfolds for Shibori Techniques
Chris K. Palmer | April 22-23, 2017

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Photo courtesy of Chris K. Palmer



Algorithmic Aesthetic Opening Social
Carol Bier + Chris K. Palmer | April 2, 2017

Shadowfolds by Chris K. Palmer


Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art
January 31 – May 26, 2017

The Spring 2017 exhibition at the Graduate Theological Union’s Doug Adams Gallery, “Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art,” highlighted the work of seven American artists of diverse interests, backgrounds, and training.  Inspired by traditional Islamic art, their works echo historic aesthetic concerns, often advancing human knowledge and understanding by experimentation with new technologies. Traditional concerns focused on the spatial dimension and the effects of light on form, the association of Arabic language and script with revelation, and patterns in the plane, exploring the nature of two-dimensional space.

Doug Adams Gallery
2465 Le Conte Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

Purchase the Reverberating Echoes Exhibition Catalog

Biographies referenced from Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art Exhibition Catalog by Carol Bier