Design Space hosts exhibition of designer Jawaher Al Khayyal

See the exhibition of Emirati designer Jawaher Al Khayyal.

Mohammed Yusuf, Movie Editor

1971 – Design Space, the multipurpose design space in Sharjah dedicated to the discussion of all forms of design, operating under the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority “Shurooq”, opened an exhibition entitled We are the Imprints, showcasing the work of the Emirati- designer is shown. Jawaher Al Khayyal (June 5 – November 30).

The exhibition is about the science of physiognomy. We are the Imprints invites visitors to discover physiognomy through a spatial experience. It represents the conclusion of a research initiative by Al Khayyal, based on a book titled Ilm Al-firasa ind Al Arab (The Science of Phyiognomy Among the Arabs), dating back to the medieval Islamic period, written by the famous philosopher and Arab scholar . fakhr. Al Din Al Razi.


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The science of physiognomy is analyzed, which has become an almost forgotten science in the modern world, perhaps because of its mystical and intuitive aspects, which may not fit into today’s rational and scientific frameworks. The exhibition deals with various aspects of this science, with the designer translating intangible concepts into modular designs. This will certainly motivate visitors to ask deeper questions about the physiognomy. For example, is physiognomy still relevant today as a discipline or is it simply a gift that a person is born with? Are there studies of modern physiognomy concepts and are they in line with our times?

Physiognomy is the practice of judging a person’s character or personality based on their appearance, especially the face. The term can also refer to the general appearance of a person, object, or country without referring to its implicit characteristics, as in the physiognomy of an individual plant or plant community. There is no clear evidence that physiognomy works; But the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning for facial recognition has sparked interest, with some research suggesting that facial expressions “contain a grain of truth” about a person’s personality.

Jawaher Al Khayyal during his exhibition.

Physiognomy was developed by the Greeks, and perhaps independently by other ancient peoples (for example, in India and China). There are also fragments of him in the Hippocratic writings. The Greek writings were soon translated into Arabic and stimulated the production of new Arabic treatises. It is possible, even probable, that the Arabs already had their own traditions on this subject; for every man who associates with men, consciously or unconsciously, is practicing a kind of physiognomy. That is, as you talk to them and try to influence them, try to guess and judge their character based on their traits and behavior. A wise observer will collect relevant correlations and a “science” or an “art” will be born once these observations are collected and systematized. The new science or art (ilm or fann) was first called “qiyafa”. A qaif (plural qafa) is one who is able to infer the inside of a thing from its outside, and a physiognomist is just that, as far as men are concerned.

El término posterior “firasa” es más amplio, y recibió sur extension final del gran maestro místico Ibn Arabi, who distinguished between el firasa natural y el divino, concedido a unos pocos santos y videntes que, por lo tanto, beyond para vero capacitado . appearances in time and space. Al Razi was an Islamic scholar and a pioneer of inductive logic. He has written several works in the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, astronomy, cosmology, literature, theology, ontology, philosophy, history and jurisprudence. He left behind a very rich body of philosophical and theological works, showing the influence of the works of Avicenna, Abu’l-Barakat al-Baghdadi and al-Ghazali.

He devoted himself to a wide range of studies and is said to have spent a large fortune on experiments in alchemy. He taught in Rey (central Iran) and Ghazni (eastern Afghanistan), and became director of the university founded by Mohammed ibn Tukush in Herat (western Afghanistan). Al Khayyal is an Emirati interior designer. You want to introduce interactive experiences in an urban environment, inspired by history, travel and the natural environment. She completed her Masters in Luxury Design and Craftsmanship at ECAL in Switzerland, with certificates in Lighting Design from Chelsea College of Arts, Furniture Design from Central Saint Martins and Business Interior Design.

He has collaborated with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, The Youth Office, Dubai Design District, The Cultural Office and Maison Piaget. “Most of my work is primarily inspired by our Emirati culture and heritage and how to capture its essence and convey it in a contemporary way,” he says. “While my academic concentration was mainly in interior design, I constantly explore different areas of design. What interests me most is the creation of spaces with purpose. » 1971 – Design Space is a multifunctional design space dedicated to the exhibition and discussion of all forms of contemporary design, ranging from graphic design, furniture to interior design, interactive and new technologies.

With a variety of exhibitions and public programs, it aims to become a regional and international center for design in the United Arab Emirates, working closely with local designers, architects, schools and universities. Design Space also serves as an informal meeting point and includes a cafeteria with all amenities for the public.

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