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A Video Of An Egyptian Woman Dancing Went Viral, Her Husband Divorced Her, Her Bosses Fired Her, And All Egypt Is Arguing About It

“The short video of Aya Youssef, a 30-year-old primary school teacher, shot on a mobile phone shows her wearing a headscarf, trousers and a long-sleeved top as she dances alongside colleagues, smiling as she enjoys a river cruise on the Nile.” – Al Jazeera (AFP)
Tags: Art, Dance, Egypt, Aya Youssef

Saudi Government Wants To Make Its Country The Arab World’s New Filmmaking Capital

With Egypt’s once-dominant industry stagnating under the Sisi dictatorship, the government led by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is dropping lots of money to fill that void, building soundstages and film schools, launching a star-studded movie festival, and even directly funding productions. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Egypt, Mohammed bin Salman

Propaganda? Let’s Be Clear About What It Is

Although the term is less than 400 years old, the phenomenon of propaganda is far older. The pyramids of Egypt, to take one example, are propagandistic, attesting to the power of the Pharaohs who could enslave thousands of people to erect them. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, Egypt

With Big Ceremony, Egypt Reopens Ancient Avenue Of The Sphinxes

The road, also known as Road of the Rams, dates back 3,400 years, Reuters reports. However, it was first discovered in the late 1940s, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. – CNN
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, Reuters

4,500-Year-Old Sun Temple Uncovered In Egypt

A team of archaeologists working at Abu Ghurab, 12 miles south of Cairo, discovered this temple underneath the ruins of a temple that had been excavated in 1898. It is one of just six sun temples believed to have been built in ancient Egypt. – CNN
Tags: Art, Egypt, Cairo, Visual

Robot Artists Detained By Egyptian Authorities Over Security Concerns

A robot artist made it to an exhibit at Egypt’s pyramids after its British maker said airport security held his creation for 10 days on suspicion it could be part of an espionage plot. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual

Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

Sculpture and its futuristic creator held for 10 days, possibly in fear she is part of spying plotShe’s been described as “a vision of the future” who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da – the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist – has hit a snag: Egyptian security forces have detained her before an exhibition at the Great Pyramid of Giza.Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the exhibition on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed nex...
Tags: Art, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Ai Da, Giza Ai Da

Egypt’s Greatest Living Novelist Explores Why The Tahrir Square Revolution Failed

Alaa Al-Aswany on his The Republic of False Truths: “I made a big mistake. I thought the revolution was representing all Egyptians, but we were the minority. … At some point, people turned against us. This novel is a way to understand what happened.” – Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, Egypt, Words, Tahrir Square, Alaa Al Aswany

Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became A Surrealism Tycoon, 97

Schwarz was expelled from Egypt in 1949, arrived penniless in Italy, and went on to found a prominent gallery devoted to Dadaist and Surrealist art in Milan and become probably the world’s greatest self-made collector and donor of work from those artistic movements.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Milan, People, Egypt, Italy, Schwarz, 07.23.21, Arturo Schwarz

A landscape is politicised through events taking place in: Senzo Shabangu’s ‘ Humble Abode’ exhibition

Senzo Shabangu’s solo exhibition, showing as part of the National Arts Festival, interrogates the contradictions of   life in Makhanda The post A landscape is politicised through events taking place in: Senzo Shabangu’s ‘ Humble Abode’ exhibition appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Egypt, Friday, Landscapes, Timbuktu, Goree Island, Rhodes University, Makhanda, Unemployed People’s Movement, National Arts Festival, Senzo Shabangu, Raw Spot Gallery, Senso Shabangu, Their Humble Abode

A Deep Dive Into The Ancient Egyptian Tombs At Saqqara

Once the necropolis for the Pharaohs’ capital city of Memphis, Saqqara has lately been the most exciting and productive archaeological site in Egypt. Here’s an in-depth look at the location’s riches and how they were found. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, Saqqara, July/August 2021, Memphis Saqqara

Germany’s icon group VC bets $30M to back startups enabling traditional companies to pivot

Icon group is a new $30M VC fund being launched out of Germany’s iconmobile group, a WPP network agency. This means a reorganization of the company from a full-service innovation agency into also offering VC backing. iconmobile has garnered a reputation as an innovative technology, design, and sustainability agency, but the turnaround means it will now, instead, back tech startups that enable traditional companies to “reinvent their business models and the way they reach their consumers.” The ic...
Tags: Energy, TC, Europe, Design, Finance, Germany, Articles, Brand, Tech, Economy, Egypt, Innovation, Venture Capital, Icon, WPP, Product Management

Anthony Braxton: Still Pushing At The Edges Of Jazz

“A conversation with him can easily pinball from contemporary politics to ancient Egypt. But what he’s most eager to talk about now is ZIM Music — his latest structural model in a lifelong pursuit to locate clarity within chaos.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Egypt, Anthony Braxton, 06.17.21

How Egyptian Papyrus Is Made: Watch Artisans Keep a 5,000-Year-Old Art Alive

In 2013, French Egyptologist Pierre Tallet discovered in an excavation site near the Red Sea “entire rolls of papyrus, some a few feet long and still relatively intact, written in hieroglyphics as well as hieratic, the cursive script the ancient Egyptians used for everyday communication,” Alexander Stille writes at Smithsonian. The scrolls contained the “Diary of Merer,” the journals of an official who led a transportation crew, and who observed the building of the largest of the pyramid...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, History, Egypt, Smithsonian, Pliny, Red Sea, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Pierre Tallet, Tallet, Harvard 's Digital Giza Project, Alexander Stille, University of Michigan Libraries

Where Should, Or Could, A Reader Start With Speculative Fiction From Africa?

As speculative fiction from African writers starts to gain mainstream press attention in the U.S. and U.K., readers might wonder where to start. Short story anthologies? A trilogy about an alien invasion of Lagos? (Yes, definitely.) But also, says writer Lavie Tidhar, “African literature is huge and diverse — from the Francophone works of West Africa to the Arabic powerhouses of Egypt and North Africa, not to mention such classic authors as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who wrote primarily in the Gikuyu la...
Tags: Art, Africa, Egypt, South Africa, West Africa, Words, Lagos, Lavie Tidhar, North Africa, Ngũgĩ, 05.13.21, Umuzi

In Egypt, 250 Ancient Tombs Discovered, Some More Than 4,000 Years Old

The burial places, all cut into rock, were found by accident in one part of a larger necropolis in Upper Egypt. Some date back to the end of the Old Period of ancient Egyptian history, about 4,000 years ago; the most recent are from the late Ptolemaic era, which ended with the defeat of Cleopatra VII by Octavian (who later became Caesar Augustus) in 30 BC. – Al-Ahram
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, Caesar Augustus, Upper Egypt, Octavian, 05.11.21

An Entire 3,000-Year-Old City Has Been Uncovered In Egypt

Excavating in an area between large temples at Luxor, a team led by famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass found the ruins of an entire working city — administrative offices, residences, a bakery, and so on, all the rooms containing everyday objects — from the reign of Amenhotep III. The discovery is being likened to those of Tutankhamun’s tomb and Pompeii. – BBC
Tags: Art, Egypt, Pompeii, Luxor, Tutankhamun, Visual, Zahi Hawass, 04.09.21

The intensely grand parade of mummies.

 "The lavish, multimillion-dollar spectacle saw 22 mummies - 18 kings and four queens - transported from the peach-coloured, neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km (three miles) away. With tight security arrangements befitting their royal blood and status as national treasures, the mummies were relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in what is called The Pharaohs' Golden Parade. They were transported with great fanfare in chronological order of thei...
Tags: Art, Law, History, Bbc, Egypt, Museums, Royalty, Ann Althouse, National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, Seqenenre Taa II

Researchers May Just Have Reconstructed The Long-Unknown Face Of The Pharaoh Akhenaten

Intact depictions of the world’s first known monotheist, husband to Nefertiti and father of Tutankhamun, are rare (subsequent rulers of Egypt tried to erase him from history), and those few that have survived unvandalized look so odd that many scholars think they were intended to be symbolic and stylized rather than naturalistic. Yet there is a surviving mummy which genetic tests indicate was likely Tutankhamun’s father (i.e., Akhenaten), and scientists have now used 3D imaging to reconstruct t...
Tags: Art, People, Egypt, Tutankhamun, Nefertiti, Akhenaten, 03.29.21

The Paris Opera “Aida” That Got Caught Up In The Culture Wars

Verdi’s 1871 tragedy, a love story set in a time of war between ancient Egypt and Ethiopia, is often given the treatment of a “Cleopatra”-like costume drama. But de Beer, who will become the director of the Vienna Volksoper next year, has offered a version so unusual that its Aida, the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, pleaded on Instagram before opening night for her fans to “open your minds to something completely different.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Egypt, Paris, Ethiopia, Verdi, Sondra Radvanovsky, 03.10.21, Vienna Volksoper

What Was ‘The Mona Lisa Of Ancient Egypt’? A Gaggle Of Geese

“Called Meidum Geese, the painting was discovered in the 1800s in the Chapel of Itet at Meidum. Itet was the wife of the vizier Nefermaat, who ruled Egypt from 2610 to 2590 B.C. The powerful couple was able to commission works from the most sought-after artists of the day.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, 02.25.21, Itet, Meidum Itet, Nefermaat

How art and design can rebuild a community

In the spring of 2016, a striking art installation was constructed outside MIT's building E15. The work consisted of 20,000 small green plexiglass squares, with intricate holes cut in each one, depicting vanished or endangered pieces of global cultural heritage, including buildings, monuments, and sculptures. Attached to fencing about 40 feet high, the squares collectively formed an image of the Arch of Triumph from Palmyra, Syria, an ancient treasure destroyed by fundamentalists in 2015.Lit up ...
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Toronto, History, War, Mit, Architecture, Prague, Austria, United States, Egypt, Harvard University, Islam, Innovation, Serbia

Museum Of The Bible Gives 5,000 Artifacts Back To Egypt

“The collection” — which, the museum says, has “insufficient reliable provenance” — “includes manuscripts and papyrus fragments with texts written in Coptic, hieratic and demotic scripts, and Greek. Some of the papyri feature Christian prayers written in Arabic and Coptic or Arabic only.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, 01.28.21

A brand-new blue may be the most eye-popping blue yet

Combine yttrium, indium, and manganese, then heat and serve.The new blue was synthesized by chemists at Oregon State University.YInMn Blue is the latest character in the weird history of the color blue. The color you're looking at in the unretouched photo above is a stunning new blue called "YInMn Blue." It's the first new inorganic blue pigment developed in hundreds of years. "YInMn Blue" is a contraction of Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese, and the pigment was invented by a team of chemists led...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Europe, Etsy, Color, Bbc, Rome, George Carlin, Chemistry, Egypt, Innovation, Invention, Epa, Npr, DuPont, Blue

Egyptian Queen’s 4,200-Year-Old Tomb, 13-Foot Papyrus, And Even More Painted Coffins: The Latest Treasures Unearthed At Saqqara

“Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has revealed details of the latest landmark discoveries to emerge from the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo. The vast burial grounds sit in what was once Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. … Among the biggest rewards for Egyptologists in this latest round of discoveries was the identity of a queen who died around 4,200 years ago.” – CBS News
Tags: Art, Egypt, Memphis, Cairo, Visual, Saqqara, Ministry of Antiquities, 01.19.21

A 3,000-Year-Old Painter’s Palette from Ancient Egypt, with Traces of the Original Colors Still In It

It’s a good bet your first box of crayons or watercolors was a simple affair of six or so colors… just like the palette belonging to Amenemopet, vizier to Pharaoh Amenhotep III (c.1391 – c.1354 BC), a pleasure-loving patron of the arts whose rule coincided with a period of great prosperity. Amenemopet’s well-used artist’s palette, above, now resides in the Egyptian wing of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over 3000 years old and carved from a single piece of ivory, the palette is mar...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, History, Egypt, Museums, Nile, White, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Jenny Hill, Ayun Halliday, Greg Kotis, Osiris, Akhenaton

Saudi Crown Prince Asks, Answers What if a City, But It's a 105-Mile Line

Vicious Saudi autocrat Mohamed bin Salman has a new vision for Neom, his plan for a massive, $500 billion, AI-powered, nominally legally independent city-state of the future on the border with Egypt and Jordan. When we last left the crown prince, he had reportedly commissioned 2,300-pages’ worth of proposals from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Saudi Arabia, Urbanism, Cities, Egypt, Conservation, Middle East, Ecology, Jordan, The line, Mohammed bin Salman, Mohamed bin Salman

The Biggest Archaeological Finds Of 2020

As always, Egypt was fruitful ground for archaeologists, with the discovery of the first ancient Egyptian funeral parlor, the world’s oldest Illustrated book, and a mummy buried with a secret painting gallery, among other finds. But the biggest news in Egyptian archaeology this year was undoubtedly the excavation of over 100 painted sarcophagi in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground south of Cairo. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, Saqqara, 01.04.21

Researchers use CT scans to digitally peek at ancient Egyptian mummies

Three long dead Egyptians recently had their CT images taken. The scans revealed what was, and was not, done during their mummification. The finds shed more light on how the Egyptians were inspired by the Greeks and Romans. Beyond being great villains in horror films, mummies are excellent tools to learn about the past with. With these well-preserved corpses, you can learn about what people were like in life by reviewing what they left behind. If you get enough of them, you can start to make gen...
Tags: Art, Death, Religion, Egypt, Innovation, Archeology, Mummies, Giza, Alexander the Great, Saqqara

2,600-Year-Old Egyptian Sarcophagus Opened For First Time

“The newly unveiled coffin is one of 59 sealed sarcophagi unearthed at the Saqqara necropolis — a sprawling ancient cemetery located south of Cairo — in recent months. Found stacked on top of each other in three burial shafts of differing depths (between 32 and 39 feet each), the coffins date to Egypt’s 26th Dynasty, which spanned 664 to 525 B.C.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Egypt, Cairo, Visual, Saqqara, 10.13.20

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