The Fantasy Coffins story offered a new lens for refracting sadness to joy in my exploration of grief. I was curious how such beautiful works of art might affect one’s experience of loss. With such brilliant colors and amazing craftsmanship, I imagine the ceremony to be quite a celebratory send-off into the afterlife versus a somber slinking away. In Ghana, it’s almost like the community is saying, “May all the positive actions you accomplished in this life, carry-over and continue to grow in the next life.”
I critiqued this story based upon three traits from the Lankshear and Knobel’s Appendix: Some popular everyday remix practices. Again, I did not assign values to the traits, but I began to adapt the traits to fit my topic. Instead of “Translating an enjoyed narrative from medium to another,” I remixed the trait to woodworking over narrative.
- Translating an enjoyed woodworking art from one medium to another
- To maintain social relationships with friends and others
- For commercial entertainment purpose
This story critique racked-up eight comments, which was a record high for my blog. In the comments, I learned more about my peers, Emily, Mitchell, and Lee’s personal lives, as well as their thoughts on what they might want to be buried in.