The cult and spirit houses of Papua New Guinea are not just houses for spirits. Since they were made to disappear at the end of the last century, they seem to have turned into spirits themselves. They oscillate between historical facts and future-oriented cultural ideas and are at the same time absent and of great contemporary relevance.
Michael Hirschbichler analyses the cultural cosmos of different Papua New Guinean cultures with a multi-perspectival approach, which combines cultural and social sciences, building, architectural and spatial research.
Mythological landscapes are opened up by complex sign systems, and multi-species societies gather in grand rituals. Hirschbichler develops a multifaceted theory of »mythical constructions«. It leads us out of modern western modes of understanding and provides a wealth of concepts for imagining and designing a more-than-human world.
Author: Michael Hirschbichler
Details: hardcover, 448 pages, 19.5 x 26 cm, 69 drawings and 73 illustrations
Design: Ferdinand Ulrich, Julie Heumüller
Publisher: Wasmuth & Zohlen
1st edition, 2021