Ali Phi, the visionary artist, takes us on an enthralling journey through his groundbreaking collection, “Enfe’al,” which recently debuted in Los Angeles.
Derived from his audiovisual set, “Maqruh,” the collection delves into the intricate realm of Islamic terminology, exploring the concept of “makruh” – an act both detestable and ambiguous.
Ali Phi masterfully blends the contrasting elements of dark techno-electronic ambiance with Middle-Eastern and West-Asian musical motifs, embracing Western digital media processing technologies. Phi explores ancient Persian architecture’s sacred geometries and their connection to Islamic concepts through the intricate fusion of 3D point clouds, visual programming, and digital 3D illustrations.
The visual materials intertwine with the evocative soundscape, featuring Iranian regional and ritual music, local beats, and digital synthesizers. The collection’s core lies in its seven elements, each portraying a cyclical formation – from passivity to revival. Symbolic of infinity, the number seven invokes cosmic scale and profound depth, resonating with prophetic narrations and sacred texts.
Drawing inspiration from the verb forms “Enfe’al” and “Enfe’al,” Ali Phi ventures into the affectability and obedience of verbs, adding a poetic and scientific dimension to his exploration. “Enfe’al” delves into the reciprocal process of affecting and being affected, blending traditional art and architectural aesthetics from the more fantastic Iranian plateau with real-time digital processing. It offers a captivating exploration at the intersection of past and present, tradition and innovation, unveiling endless possibilities and contingencies.
This collection was held at the Hamzianpour and Kia exhibition.