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Re: Chinese Funeral Paper (aesthetics)



I've always thought it would be fun to sell clippings from foreign
newspapers as 'ephemera' on ebay - using only the personal ads. I love the
idea of some lovely, decorative 'altered book' that unknown to the maker
says "..bi-couple seeks...no STD's..."

Ok, so I'm not mean enough to actually DO that, but I do think that if we
are going to appropriate designs from other cultures, we should at least
know what we're dealing with.

Best wishes,
Roberta
paper@oregontrail.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Rommel John Miller <rjmiller1095@JUNO.COM>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: Chinese Funeral Paper (aesthetics)


>Not to delve into cultural relativism,
>but shouldn't we respect the traditions/practices of
>foreign cultures by refraining from using materials
>specifically designed for intent?
>
>The US with its melting pot and consumer mentality
>has seemingly lost its respect for certain cultural
>traditions, and yet we continue to cling to those that
>are uniquely our own  (e.g. 4th July)  Imagine how you
>might feel, if particularly patriotic, someone were to
>use an image of the 4th July for something other
>than within the holiday's context?  (i.e. take a copy
>of the Declaration of Independence and cut it up
>for a "word/phrase collage")
>
>Therefore, THINK before using something like
>Joss or Funeral Paper in a project.  Sensitize yourself to
>the foreign if not "odd" imagry associated with the
>object and by all means make an effort to see the
>signifigance of the object through the Others' eyes.
>
>Just my persepctive on this issue.
>
>There are plenty of other papers that can be used.
>(and can't Joss paper be replicated in a way so as to
>difuse its religious/cultural nature?)
>
>Rommel
>
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