Rene B. Javellana's Weaving Cultures: The Invention of Colonial Art and Culture in the Philippines, 1565-1850 reads the emergence of a unique art and culture in the Philippines during the colonial era from the optic of communications theory and the emerging theoretical discourse from information design. It views colonial exchange not primarily as an exchange of cultural goods, but as a negotiation forged by the communication between sender and receiver. In such a process, the cultural good is transformed as it leaves the context of the sender and it transferred to the context of the receiver, who may be antipodes of each other - physically, psychologically, and culturally - as was the case of Filipinos and Europeans. It traces exchanges in the areas of space, the biota, the visual, literary, performative, culinary, and sartorial arts and documents how messages are transmitted, decoded and transformed to create the new reality of colonial art and culture.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 367 pages / BW