Transformative Behaviors

  • M. Javad KhajaviEmail author


In this chapter, the focus is on the transformative qualities of Islamic calligraphy. Through theory and praxis, the chapter explores the situation in which calligraphic forms change shape so completely that they lose their initial verbal identity entirely. It begins by examining some historical examples of calligraphic art, explaining how letters and words seem to desire to transform and become something other than text in many specimens of Islamic calligraphy. The focus of this chapter, then, shifts toward temporal text-based art. It explores how these transformative qualities of Islamic calligraphy may be manifested in visual time-based media. It is shown that calligraphic forms which are in transformation change identity. Indeed, forms in time-based calligraphic art and animated typography may oscillate between having verbal, abstract, and representational identities. In such a situation, where the identity of calligraphic forms shifts over time, calligraphic forms reach a so-called state of “flux.” Further, different categories of temporal behavior that may lead to transformation of identity in temporal text-based art are explored: metamorphosis, (de)construction, and revelation. Finally, the chapter explains how legibility fluctuation affects meaning-making.


(De)construction Flux Identity Legibility fluctuation Metamorphosis Revelation Transformative 


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  1. 1.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway

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