Ai Weiwei's Blog (Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, by Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei

By Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei

Manifestos and conceited proposals from China's most famed artist and activist, culled from his renowned weblog, close down by means of chinese language experts in 2009.

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The profound cultural uniqueness resulting from this series of changes still holds a mysterious power. The lives of Chinese artists are marked by remarkable multiplicity and confusion, change and disorder, doubt and destructiveness, a loss of self and the emptiness that follows, hopelessness and its attendant freedom, shamelessness and its accompanying pleasures. Reflection on and exploration into China’s politics, her history and culture, into the individual and the collective, reform, the authenticity of the self, repentance, spirituality, sex, the West, material wealth, art, and methodology are now commonly seen in artworks.

Here, art has simply made effective use of a public spatial environment. It does not have an obligation to beautify or to adorn. If you want to believe in public taste, you must have sufficient faith in the people. 4 The public’s normal state is one of numbness, but if you stimulate the public, it will reap a sense of happiness. Construct a 100-story building, and everyone will come to take a photo in front of it; yet if that same building is destroyed, everyone remains as happy as if they are celebrating a collective birthday.

What role has he played amid the fierce torrent of cultural and political reforms? How did he influence an entire period of history? While the future holds the answers to such questions, today we are only able to say that the depth and breadth of Sigg’s collection has already deeply influenced the scale and development of contemporary art in China, and has played an important role for Chinese art worldwide. Written sePtember 2004; translatiOn Partly by eric abrahamsen 6 On Photography Posted on February 11, 2006 If we reflect on the history of photography, we realize it has been widely accepted as a medium of artistic expression only for roughly twenty years.

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