READER ✓ DOC Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009 ↠ 9780262015219 ↠ JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY

DOC Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009

READER ✓ DOC Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009 ↠ 9780262015219 ↠ JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY ¶ ➶ Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009 Free ➬ Author Ai Weiwei – Johns-cyclManifestos 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 eng I read this book at a very peculiar time Our local art museum the Milwaukee Art Museum was opening the Summer of China the only exhibit in the US to open in collaboration with the Chinese government at the time of the imprisonment of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei At the same time my mother had suffered a terrible injury She had been in a burn unit at a local hospital where my partner and I stayed with her around the clock for weeks on end When my mom became weaker and weaker we made the decision to take her home and care for her there This meant dressing wounds doing physical therapy making her high calorie shakes to keep weight on her and many other little travails It was just the two of us most hours of the day I took family leave time to care for her Though I wasn't in the newsroom I ended up writing a story about Ai's imprisonment and the implications for MAM from home At some point I decided to do a daily blog post reflecting on Ai Weiwei's ideas for as long as he remained held It seemed like a small act of support for this important artist and appropriate for an art critic in a city celebrating The Summer of China So after a day of caring from my mom I would crawl into bed tired and emotionally drained and open this book excerpts of a blog scrubbed from the internet by Chinese authorities and written in Chinese I found Ai's posts to be hilarious and insightful and substantial than you might expect from an artist who takes pictures of himself flipping off the White House It was difficult to choose what I would reflect on in my blog posts there was just so much worth considering We should all be grateful to MIT Press for translating and publishing Ai's blog

READER ´ Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009 ´ Ai Weiwei

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 Chi 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

Ai Weiwei ´ Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009 READER

Ai Weiwei's Blog Writings Interviews and Digital Rants 2006 2009Ineering 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 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