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id caadria2013_113
authors Muslimin, Rizal
year 2013
title Decoding Passura’ – Representing the Indigenous Visual Messages Underlying Traditional Icons with Descriptive Grammar
source Open Systems: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2013) / Singapore 15-18 May 2013, pp. 781-790
wos WOS:000351496100081
summary For the Toraja people in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, the engraved ornament (Passura’) means more than a simple decorative element. More importantly, Passura’ also serves as a symbolic icon to convey spiritual messages. However, only few people actually understand the underlying meaning behind the ornament. Consequently, those without this knowledge can only appreciate the aesthetic dimension of Passura’. Our computational design research focuses on under-standing the visual–linguistic aspect of Passura’ using Descriptive Grammar method to investigate how meanings are embedded on the ornaments. The design rules and their description are synthesized into a shape-to-text grammar that can read the ornament as a text, and into a text-to-shape grammar that can write a text into an ornamental design. Preliminary results of this grammar demonstrate how Passura’ works as an active indigenous communication device, rather than simply being a passive decorative element.  
keywords Passura, Ornament, Shape grammar, Toraja 
series CAADRIA
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