Ethnographic

polish paper-cut art doesn’t move
only intersects with light or beige
backgrounds – in fact depends on
them as accents require the noise
of pub chatter … meaning only
comes through reinterpretation
invention or else all life is a
museum a display … leather-bound
irish boats on the other hand
possess an abstract magic when
transported elsewhere & today st.
brendan lives on through someone’s
crazy re-enactment of his impossible
arctic journey – kind of like the
north’s answer to kontiki or la
balsa … taking photographs of
headless models sporting the latest
slovenian fashions seemed a good
idea at the time but now it feels
vaguely pornographic – listening to
croatian tambouris likewise reduces
folk music to an HMV listening stand
(still there’s the nativity scenes
to go and find or re-appropriate
somehow in muenchen if that is
your desire … but reindeers dis-
sected in the snow or black & white
images of the finnish hunt – that’s
something else completely something
carnal oblivious anthropological …
it encourages only the most empty
of identifications – false as plastic
trees or yesterday’s weather report

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