Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants

Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009 Manifestos and immodest proposals from China's most famous artist and activist culled from his popular blog shut down by Chinese authorities in 2009In 2006 even though he could barely type China's most famous artist started blogging For than three years Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary criticism of government policy thoughts on art and architecture and autobiographical writings He wrote about the Sichuan earthuake and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government's tofu dregs engineering reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene described the irony of being investigated for fraud by the Ministry of Public Security made a modest proposal for tax collection Then on June 1 2009 Chinese authorities shut down the blog This book offers a collection of Ai's notorious online writings translated into English the most complete public documentation of the original Chinese blog available in any languageThe New York Times called Ai a figure of Warholian celebrity He is a leading figure on the international art scene a regular in museums and biennials but in China he is a manifold and controversial presence artist architect curator social critic justice seeker He was a consultant on the design of the famous Bird's Nest stadium but called for an Olympic boycott; he received a Chinese Contemporary Art lifetime achievement award in 2008 but was beaten by the police in connection with his citizen investigation of earthuake casualties in 2009 Ai Weiwei's Blog documents Ai's passion his genius his hubris his righteous anger and his vision for China 艾未未究竟是艺术家 激进分子还是政治人物?看他的博客文章觉得他思路清晰 于是应该再多一个作家 毕竟也是艾青的儿子。 Comprai uesto testo al bookshop della mostra su Ai Weiwei tenuta a Firenze a cavallo tra 2016 e 2017 Si tratta di una raccolta selezionata di articoli scritti sul suo blog prima che fosse chiuso dalla censura cinese nel 2009 Si parla di politica di società di diritti umani anche di arte e architettura e Ai Weiwei lo fa sempre con lo spirito che lo contraddistingue all'interno dei suoi lavori ovvero con sincerità e senza peli sulla lingua A volte sono vere e proprie invettive Alla lunga i temi si ripetono e gli articoli sembrano simili tra loro e il volume è più lungo di uello che sembra però resta una lettura interessante per chi vuole capire cosa succedeva in Cina dieci dodici anni fa e uali sono stati i disagi e i problemi che i cittadini con la volontà di rivendicare i propri diritti hanno dovuto affrontare Been reading this dipping in and out over a couple of years Of interest of artist activist within China about the state of China from within Not trembling insights but the day to day struggle to live in such a relentlessly stifling government I was surprised after reading Weiwei similarities between China and Turkey Statements made by the state authorities after scandals promises being made for those who died in the earthuake urban transformation projects relations with Tibet The fact that a lot of events that take place in Chinaresembles similar expressions Turkey beside all similarities i highly recommend this book for understanding todays China very well prepared footnotes are incredible because if you are not chinese there is very little you might understand the meanings of chinese memes This is an important collection from Ai Weiwei's original blog posts from 2006 2009 I read it from cover to cover but it's probably better as a source book If you are interested in his work on the Bird's Nest or his theories on architecture this book has great discussions His work on the Citizen Investigation is probably the most important event recorded in the book I would recommend sections of it for students of Art and Activism and anyone interested in contemporary Chinese history in the age of the Internet The material is dense but the translations are good Wow I had to read this for a book group and did not expect to enjoy it This man is brilliant There's no box to put him into In this book you see that he's a philosopher photographer architect sculptor and a critic of politics and culture He's a man very concerned about the oppressed and the downtrodden After reading this I'm looking now forward to seeing an exhibit of his at an art museum Ai WeiWei is a leading figure in the international art scene He was a consultant on the design of the famous Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing and called for an Olympic boycott One of his art heros is the controversial Andy Warhol This is a translated series of blogs from 2006 to May 28 2009 when the Chinese authorities shit down the blog scrive Lu XunImmagina una stanza di ferro assolutamente priva di finestre e indistruttibile dove dormono profondamente molte persone che fra breve moriranno soffocate e che passando dal sonno alla morte non sentiranno assolutamente lo strazio della fine Se adesso tu ti metti a gridare svegliando uelli che hanno il sonno più leggero e costringi uesti pochi sfortunati a provare la sofferenza della loro inevitabile fine credi di rendere loro un servigioMa se alcuni si svegliano non puoi affermare che non ci sia alcuna speranza di distruggere la stanza di ferroE' vero sebbene avessi le mie convinzioni non potevo cancellare la speranza poichè uesta è nel futuro nè potevo con la mia testimonianza confutare la sua certezzaEcco Ai Weiwei fa solo uesto urla in una stanza di ferro sperando di svegliare chi ci sta dormendoe le sue sono grida di dolore di speranza e di indignazionela Cina ha bisogno di molta gente che si metta a gridare perchè ormai non è rimasto altro da farela prosa è semplicei concetti espressi lo sono ancora di piùla mente lucida di Ai Weiwei esprime il suo parere su situazioni che altri nemmeno vedono guarda attraverso le vane parole di uelli che parlano per darsi un contegno e da persona semplice uale è arriva immediatamente al punto non abbiamo bisogno di girare intorno alle cose la vita deve essere vivibile e gli oggetti la devono rendere comodatutto uain effetti portato all'estremo è il concetto stesso di architettura uso dello spazio in maniera funzionalee lui usa pure il cervello nella stessa manieralo additano come pazzoma è solo perchè va contro il pensare comunee contro la comodità di chi si è adagiato nel sistema e non ne vede i difettiinteressante davvero After seeing the historic photographic work that Weiwei did in New York in the 1980s I felt compelled to read his blog posts Much of the text is frustrating to read for non artists but Weiwei's writings here stand out as the loudest voice against the hegemony of the art world and the Chinese government

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