"Perdita's Monastic Song" Animation

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Matt Gilbert created a never-ending animation that shows the self-similar nature of a particular pattern found in Islamic architecture that uses girih tiles.

It was used to create four mandalas for an animation called "Perdita's Monastic Song", part of a multimedia collaboration called Unless & Until. Unless & Until is a collaboration between a painter, Julie Püttgen, a writer, JS Van Buskirk, and a composer, James Carlson. The project includes 24 songs and animation appearing throughour the story. In the animation, Perdita tells of her monastic past and sings a song that she learned during her time in the hermitage, about the four elements: water, air, earth, fire. A mandala was made for each element by simply replacing the girih tile diamonds, bow ties, etc, with elements taken from Julie's paintings.

"Perdita's Monastic Song" Animation

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