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Issue of Creations ..
The Unity within Implication
26 March 2014

Organizers: The Supreme Council of Culture, Committee of Architecture

The Supreme Council of Culture, Cairo

Seminar

In cooperation with the Architecture Committee, Dr. Tarek Waly organized and presented a seminar entitled "Issue of Creations .. The Unity within Implication", which aims to shed light on the concept of unity in meaning in different creative fields, speaking about the interactive relationship between the three elements of creativity. The writer - the creator - and the text - the product - and the reader - the recipient. During that evening, Dr. May Hawas and Dr. Aliaa Al Sadaty gave presentations discussing the different aspects of the problem. The first was entitled "Bias in reading the Urban Text" and the second was entitled "Tracking the Meaning in the Urban Space" and concluded the evening with a presentation The documentary film, Afac – Horizons - by the architect and director Shady Abdel Salam, as a unique model of unity in the different meanings carried by contemporary Egyptian creativity, which is characterized by authenticity and contemporary at the same time.

The evening started with Dr. Tarek Waly talking about the concept of unity in the meaning of different creative fields, talking about the interactive relationship between the three elements of creativity .. the writer - the creator - and the text - the product - and the reader - the recipient -, summarizing the issue of unity in meaning in the absence or presence of three main elements:

  • The presence of the meaning behind the creative work, whether at the individual level or at the level of the society, whose absence leads to the fall of society and the individual into “Ignorance”.
  • The creator’s success in providing meaning with the tools of his time that are aligned with the message carried by his creative product, describing the loss of creativity as “Retreat”.
  • Positive interaction from the recipient in extrapolating the meaning from the creative work and superficiality in dealing with it. The creativity in the physical existence of the product, which results in a loss of communication between the creator and the recipient and destroys the continuity of the creator’s message, and puts the recipient in a state of “Illiteracy”.

And Dr. Tarek Waly points out the key to solving the problem of assuming the responsibility of the individual - society at the beginning of the search for the meaning that he presents in his creations and in extrapolating the meanings inherent in the creativity of his predecessors.

Following the initiation Dr. Mai Hawas, who exposed some aspects of the issue from an angle related to "Bias in reading the urban text", aimed at identifying the mechanism of internal bias in the interpretation of Islamic architecture for each interpretive method, based on Edward Said's thesis in criticizing Orientalism. The analysis used the mechanism of explanatory models in analyzing the different trends that explain Islamic architecture, as architecture is a civilized product that expresses the different cultural patterns of the social system to which it belongs. Where these explanatory models were divided into two types: a cognitive model for monotheistic societies that adopts a figurative language in its intellectual or artistic products, and a cognitive model for pantheistic societies that adopt a structural language in its intellectual and artistic products, in the application of the architecture of the fifteenth century period in Bursa, and the Mevleviate Samakhana in Cairo, Which was built in the sixteenth century and applied to the poetic exploits of Jalal al-Din al-Rumi. Where she presented how a model for the poetic metaphor of the Sufi situation is formed expressing the houses of wisdom for man and how it can be found in the architectural composition of many of his contemporary or later works and adopted the same principles, presenting two models of the Green Mosque in Konya and the Samakhana in Cairo.

Then Dr. Alia Al-Sadaty presented participation entitled "Tracking the Meaning in the Urban Space" in which questions are raised about the extent to which the meaning is related to the urban space? Is it possible to extrapolate the construction of a place separately from its social component and without exposure to the social and cultural dimensions of individuals and societies? Is it sufficient to analyze the physical existence of the urban to extrapolate the meanings it carries, or can we try to extrapolate those meanings through other axes parallel to urbanism, such as literary works that take the urban scope as a reference for their events? Dr. Aliaa tried to answer these questions by studying the phenomenon of the link between meaning and urban space and focusing on the urbanization of historical areas with a central location in Cairo. In her extrapolation of meaning, she traced some literary works that took from Cairo as the scope of their events, such as the novel "Saleh Haisa" by Khairy Shalaby, "A Piece of Europe" by Radwa Ashour, and "Below the Poverty Line" by Idris Ali.

Then the film "Horizons" by the architect and artist Shady Abdel Salam was screened, which represents a unique model of unity in the different meanings carried by the contemporary Egyptian creativity that is characterized by authenticity and contemporaneity at the same time. Where Shady Abdel Salam presented in this documentary, which was produced in 1972, the features of the creative cultural life in Egypt at that period. To present in the film - in the words of his companion Kamal Abu El-Ela - a poetic poem in the Egyptian culture that is difficult to formulate in any other film. A film that does not contain a single word and relies entirely on music and influences in which Shady was able to present the contemporary and traditional Egyptian culture in about fifty minutes.

The evening concluded with a discussion, opening the door for the audience to comment about the evening, in which some of the attendees expressed their views on what was presented.

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