tokyo: universal state of mind

© trinh buscher

originally trained as architects, chauntelle trinh and eckard buscher soon shifted their focus to making art and have undertakes multiple expeditions to document cities under the moniker trinh buscher. still very much in touch with architecture, the australian-german duo has traveled far and wide to explore famous buildings, concluding that the urban context [read: cultural sphere] of these structures mattered just as much. each journey's end left a growing desire, a need to create something they could hold onto to, a special keepsake to rekindle our memories and enable us to share stories with friends. and so their urban expeditions began and which served as a prime source for their art. trinh buscher currently have a show in tokyo at tokyo gallery + btap called universal state of mind, and which is a new urban exploration, but one from an existentialist angle.

philosopher and atheist jean-paul sartre believed ‘existence precedes essence’ [read: at first we exist, then we define ourselves] and that the concepts of authenticity and individuality are earned through life experience, not through knowledge. however, sartre lived and died before our planet became the 'globalised' entity we know today. before the internet and social networking provided another dimension to human experience and interaction, and before powerful global marketing homogenised a culture of international brands and before the invention of neuromarketing rendered the term ‘freedom of choice’ a total paradox. on display are a series of works that playfully reflect and mock the environment of blatant consumerism that urbanites across the planet find themselves in [on through may 18]. location: 8-10-5 ginza, 7th floor [ginza].

© trinh buscher