Basel or no Basel, people have hit the streets, with what I like to reference as Trusisms – hence having some truth implied.
The concept of “Trusisms,” originally entered the art scene with Jenny Holzer in the 70s. She made lists of “truths” put forth to the people with art that appeared like advertisments. Thus, she wheat pasted lists of Truisims on walls around New York City, occupied billboards in Times Square, and placed her art on marquees of theatres (see below), and more (she also hit other major cities as well – London, Munich, Oslo, Amsterdam, …).
But now, in the 21st century, people are gratifying their messages on the grounds. Thus, you must now not only look up, but look down.
See examples from Miami’s Wynwood District and New York’s Gallery District in Chelsea of what people are making you contemplate…
Is there always a tomorrow? Is modern art so expensive – yes to some, no to others… And should LOVE be the reason to breathe? Or are there more reasons to breathe besides love… like family, friends, your passions, etc.
Thus take these ideas that are going around the streets that make you question the truths behind these ideas proposed to you… and THINK.
No need to go to Egypt. Just come to London. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (located on UCL’s campus) has over 80,000 artifacts (only 10% is on display though), and yet you will still find it overwhelming. Whether you are looking at steles, amulets, shabtis, or canpoic jars, you will be amazed at what this small space (yet magnanimous in terms of cultural artifacts) has to offer from Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology. For starters they have the one of the first pieces of linen from Egypt that dates to around 5000 BCE. They have the earliest examples of glazing, the earliest ‘cylinder seal’ dating to about 3500 BCE… and even the oldest papyrus gynecological record.
Wait, did I mention that this museum is children friendly? Bring your kids there. Dress them up like Cleopatra or a Pharaoh. Take them on a journey around the museum through a trail that has been planned out for children to discover some of the top treasures the museum has to offer. Make it a family day! Why not? Get the family cultured! Oh, did I mention it is FREE entry?! I don’t think it can get much better than that. Go and enjoy. And if you don’t want to bring the children, there are also cultural, yet thoroughly entertaining (that I can assure you) talks at night covering a range of topics – FREE ENTRY as well, just need to RSVP. Check out “What’s On” at the Petrie! Maybe you’ll even find me there!