Why do we burn countless paper money and papier-mache objects to the deceased when we believe in the existence of the "Pure Land," a place of equals and opposite from materialism? This project, Afterlife Ticket, examines the cultural history and significance of burning Chinese joss money as a tribute to the deceased.
The book's first section introduces the practice of burning joss money, offering an overview of its cultural significance and the different variations across China. 3D modeling and maximalist visual elements were used while maintaining readability. This section also discusses the "Pure Land" concept and materialism within the tradition, using golden paper to highlight the theme. The second section consists of interviews that allow readers to gain insights into the personal experiences and cultural values that underpin the practice of burning joss money. The third section incorporates 3D scanned images of the home to correspond to the personal memories of the tradition. Simplified Chinese and English texts were included to offer a unique glimpse into the cultural world of those practicing this tradition.
The book is created to allow readers to understand and think deeper about the intention and relationship of the practice, the afterlife world, and materialism integrated into the process through a unique visual perspective on this tradition.