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December 2022


This year’s Carpet Pages V: Code show is made up of artworks that all include a QR code. The works exist across physical and virtual space and are scattered in both the physical and digital world, and are united in the virtual. Anybody anywhere who sees the physical artwork, wherever it exists in the world - in other shows, in artists' studios, hosted across other artists' websites - scans the QR code which takes them to this website where they can see both the originating artwork as well as encounter other artworks. The one leads to the many. There are painters, filmmakers, a cross stitcher, a Lego mosaic maker, a miniaturist and a calligrapher. Scanning the QR code embedded in each dispersed artwork takes visitors on a marginal jump into virtual space, hosted here, where you can see both the originating artwork as well as other artworks spread out in a digital carpet which both exists and doesn’t exist at the same time.


Jumana Emil Abboud

Susan Collins

Jasmir Creed

Robert Mead

Caspian Prazmari

Vaishali Prazmari

Samiur Rahman

Alexa Seligman

Xanthe Seligman Carr

Nastassja Simensky

Yein Son

Andrew Stahl


A hybrid physical-digital project that exists both in tangible and virtual space


Zeros and ones

And wool once it’s spun

Sitting pretty on warp and weft

In a carpet we find

Real and virtual aligned

Yet separate, the two ways are cleft

From country to city

This art by committee

Spans a great distance vast

QR works in the world 

In the rug lie unfurled

The internet gets you there fast

Real and virtual swapping

And binary-craft hopping

On and offline states in a flow

Tangible art

A digital chart

Of QR codes all in a row

If you want to have a go yourself, follow this video below:

Carpet Pages

The Carpet Pages cycle is a project series presented by artist and curator Vaishali Prazmari. The dazzling title pages of both Islamic and Medieval European manuscript books were called Carpet Pages in reference to their intricate rug-like patterns. These exquisitely detailed and highly ornamented and illuminated surfaces were covered in arabesques and geometric patterns and often included the use of gold and jewel-like, precious pigments. As book pages are sequential, so future projects will build on this 5th chapter. Carpets are visual feasts for the eye and this 5th iteration in the Carpet Pages cycle promises the same. The curator's love of carpets also reflects the wider goal of this project sequence which is to bring together diverse ideas into a whole; to unite disparate elements into a unified pattern, which is one of the goals of rug-making itself.

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