Sunday, January 26, 2020

"Emojis Meet Hieroglyphs: If King Tut Could Text"

Image and text borrowed from The New York Times, 1/22/20.

An Israel Museum exhibition explores the complicated relationship between the hieroglyphs of antiquity and emoji, the lingua franca of the digital age.

The sleek figures, kohl-rimmed eyes and offerings to the gods etched on ancient Egypt’s temples and tombs are enjoying a kind of graphic afterlife, reincarnated in the tears of joy, clinking beer mugs and burger emojis of digital messaging.

An exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, “Emoglyphs: Picture-Writing From Hieroglyphs to the Emoji,” highlights the seemingly obvious, but also complicated, relationship between the iconic communication system from antiquity and the lingua franca of the cyber age.

A visual and linguistic exercise in time travel, “Emoglyphs” juxtaposes the once indecipherable pictogram writing of ancient Egypt, which first developed about 5,000 years ago, with the more accessible and universal usage of pictograms that originated in Japan in the late 1990s.


Picture-Writing from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji
16 Dec 2019 - 12 Oct 2020
Curator: Shirly Ben-Dor Evian
Designer: Shirley Yahalomi
Davidson Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Archaeology Wing


Friday, January 24, 2020

"Japan’s First Female Photojournalist Is Still Shooting At The Age Of 101"

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At 101 years old, renowned Japanese photographer Tsuneko Sasamoto continues to express her artistic voice and capture stunning images. Considered to be her country’s first photojournalist at the age of 25, Sasamoto has been documenting history for over 70 years, including pre- and post-war Japan. Her photographs highlighted the country’s dramatic shift from a totalitarian regime to an economic superpower, and the social implications that arose from it.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Linda Ronstadt - The Sound of My Voice

I saw this film today and it was wonderful. It brought back a lot of memories. Linda has been a favorite of mine since my early childhood.

OK, so I suppose it might be a stretch to connect Linda Ronstadt with the visual anthropology of Japan. She does have a song that mentions Yokohama (Poor Poor Pitiful Me, from the LP "Simple Dreams,"1977) and she did have concerts in Japan (1979, 1984, 1993). So there you go.

And I certainly can recommend a great new documentary. So there you go.

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