The Treachery of Images, painted by Rene Magritte, is a painting of a pipe with the words “This is not a pipe” in French written below it. The contradiction created in this piece of work reminds me of Buddhism and their teaching on the nature of reality and its illusions. While similar in concept, they also have an introspective quality to it.
Upon hearing Ukiyo-e during the lecture, it triggered a memory; however, I could not exactly remember where I heard or saw the term. But during another shopping trip later that week, I saw it.
Lecture 1: Writing to Typography
From the first lecture, the introduction of the rebus principle was what piqued my curiosity.
Rebus writing is the usage of existing symbols to represent sounds of the spoken word. After some research, I understand that there were two main types of sound writing evolved from the development and extension of the rebus principle; syllabic and alphabetic writing. While English is purely alphabetic, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can demonstrate both types of writing.