Zarah Hussain’s sculptural installation Numina was commissioned by the Barbican and installed in our foyers from 1 October 2016 - 25 January 2017.
Blurring the boundaries between science and spirituality, Islamic geometry is traditionally drawn by hand with a ruler and pen, using mathematics that celebrate the order and structure found in the universe to create infinite repeating patterns. Taking the essence of this, Numina combined designs found in the art and architecture of the Islamic world with contemporary digital arts, bringing to life a usually static artform by mapping animated geometric patterns onto a sculpture composed of tessellating pyramids arranged on a hexagonal grid.
The presence of infinite repeating patterns in Islamic spaces is conducive to meditative and transcendent states. In the same way, Numina created a space within the Barbican for contemplation and reflection.
There is two different kinds of Moire pattern. One is from fabric, another is from digital screen. Fabric represents classic fashion and digital screen represents new media. This moire pattern is the connection of both. I want to express future fashion which is combinated with media.
Using mirror and projector, the patterns are reflexed on the bottom of the shoe.
2010 Digital Media Studio 3
design by Goeun Lee
advision by David Hall
I had an exhibition for this project with opiumblue.
this is the exhibition
"Pineal Relativity" is an animation projected onto the face of a mixed media painting that explores the transitory state from waking reality to sleeping reality. The title of the piece is a play on the visual description of Einstein's theory of relativity, in which a celestial body is depressing into a cosmic fabric and bending space-time. Pineal Relativity takes this same concept but applies it to the metaphorical weight of the pineal gland. This gland has a profound and integral influence on our dreams and spirituality. If you explore its history and experience its majesty, you might find your self sinking into its fabric.