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An interactive قلب session showing the Fibonacci algorithm

قلب is a programming language exploring the role of human culture in coding. Code is written entirely in Arabic, highlighting cultural biases of computer science and challenging the assumptions we make about programming. It is implemented as a tree-walking language interpreter in JavsScript.

All modern programming tools are based on the ASCII character set, which encodes Latin Characters and was originally based on the English Language. As a result, programming has become tied to a single written culture. It carries with it a cultural bias that favors those who grew up reading and writing in that cultural. قلب explores and challenges that by presenting a language that deviates almost entirely from ASCII.

The Fibonacci Algorithm

Project Created: 
January 2013
 

Eye

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Eye

Untitled (eye), 2008
Rubber, pins
115.5 x 109 in / 293.5 x 277 cm

A field of 1,155 rubber pieces of the word 'eye' in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Yiddish. The form is based on the shape created when separating Venetian blinds. The word in Hebrew and Arabic is exactly the same. Yiddish is written in Hebrew script but is a primarily old German dialect. The Yiddish word for eye is 'oig.'

Project Created: 
October 2008
 
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My Mondrian: Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009

My Mondrian: Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009
Rubber and loctite on wood
22 x 22 in / 55 x 55 cm

The original Mondrian composition is recreated by the pigments titles Mondrian used in his painting (according to the restoration department at MoMA). The pigments cadmium red, cadmium yellow, cobalt blue, ultramarine, zinc white, lead white and bone black were translated and transliterated into four languages: English, Arabic, Yiddish and Hebrew, out of white rubber. They were cemented together in mass to recreate the original compositions. These works draw attention to the physicality of the spiritual pursuit as pigments come through networks of trade and science and move in the multilingual landscape. The application is expressive and loose like and arial topography of crops, and open fields.

Project Created: 
May 2009
 
Projects: My Mondrian: Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009
People: Yael Kanarek
Research: Middle East
Tags: abstraction, arabic, english, hebrew, languages, linguistics, mondrian, rubber, textworks, yiddish
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