Jordanian design studio founder on her Bahrain exhibition
Time Out Bahrain staff
The co-founder of Jordanian design studio Atelier Uraiqat talks to us about their current Bahrain-based exhibition, Periphery-SHIFTED.
What does the name of the exhibition mean exactly? Periphery-SHIFTED is a continuation of a process of exploration of the TRIAngulate pattern that started a few years ago. This exhibition is based on a theme of cosmic perspectives where the formations and variations of the patterns are inspired by star constellations and formations of the night skies. The work is situated on the peripheries of forms through a manipulation of layers of lines and points so as to create a blurred effect of movements and shifts. And this is where the title came from.
Why have you developed a fascination throughout your work with the triad? The triad is one of the most recurring concepts in the history of art and thought. It has predominated philosophy, spirituality, forms and mathematics. It combines simplicity and complexity in its position between unities on one hand and multiplicities on the other. The triangle as a two-dimensional shape possesses three-dimensional qualities in the effects and formations that are created through the simple manipulation of its combinations. The TRIAngulate work explores a number of these combinations.
What do you want the onlooker to experience? Our work is about allowing the perceiver to see a reflection of their inner aspirations and imagination. It is always inspired by something, in this case the cosmic formations, but it avoids carrying a clear message in order to allow the receiver to create their own interpretations and stories around the work. And that is why we make only single edition pieces. It is so that each person can find a unique piece that speaks to them and relates to their stories and aspirations, and once it is acquired, it will always be theirs only. It brings us great joy to hear conversations about a single piece where the viewers are expressing completely different perspectives and visions, and we believe that makes the work alive and interactive.
When did you start your design studio Atelier Uraiqat? We started Atelier Uraiqat in 2009 as a multi-disciplinary design studio where we did art, design, architecture and interiors. Then in 2012, as the company grew and developed, we created an independent architecture and interior design company Uraiqat Architects, and Atelier Uraiqat became focused on doing experimental design and art objects.
As we were both [with Basel Uraiqat] architects and designers working in Amman, we felt the urge to establish our own design studio where we would have the freedom to experiment and bring to life some of our design visions and aspirations.
What perspectives do you and Basel bring to the table? Basel and I work together very closely and we share a vision and methodology. But we also have our individual strengths that allow us to complement each other. While I am more focused and involved in research, philosophy, theoretical and design development, Basel is more focused on technological development, exploring new tools and methods for conceptual and material development. However, the role division is not that clear cut, as we influence each other tremendously and the work process is a continuous dialogue between us.
What personally inspires you on a daily basis? We are inspired mainly by the opportunities and potentials that lie in the chaos and contradictions of everyday life. Especially as citizens of the Arab world in such an intense time of change and growth, everyday life is far from the mundane and usual. We continuously educate ourselves with new fields of knowledge and levels of understanding so that we may be able to make use of these challenges and opportunities to transform them into inspirational objects and works. Periphery-SHIFTED runs until December 31 at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Hoora, www.lafontaineartcentre.net (1723 0123).