By Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei
Manifestos and conceited proposals from China's most famed artist and activist, culled from his well known weblog, close down via chinese language experts in 2009.
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Interestingly, two thousand years ago, the Han dynasty (25 BCE–220 CE) was the most perfect embodiment of China’s central plains culture, and the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) represented the total domination of the Persian culture over China. Today, the unprecedented enthusiasm displayed by the entire Chinese nation for the alien Tang culture is truly mystifying. During the Tang dynasty, all aspects of culture—from aesthetic principles to everyday sentiments ranging from the spiritual to the material—were subverted and remade.
In nearly one hundred years of Chinese social practice, a variety of social ethics and aesthetic forms that employed traditional cultural forms as their foundation have been scarred and battered—nothing remains. What has replaced them is a Marxist concept of utopia, the cruel ideology of “class struggle,” and an inhuman societal reality. The economic reform and opening1 nearly thirty years ago was the unavoidable choice for this calamity-ridden people at a historical impasse. 4 billion people into gradually becoming a part of global economic and political systems.
Simple 22 2006 TEXTS lifestyle is one way of allowing humanity to find a path to Eden, so why do you want to develop so fast? Will you gain more at such speeds? I find both ideas very attractive, and am constantly subject to their temptation. 8 Ai examines Grapes (2008) with a camera in his studio, December 26, 2007. Who Are You? 10 24 Ai examines Grapes (2008) with a camera in his studio, December 26, 2007. 2006 TEXTS The Longest Road Posted on February 23, 2006 China still lacks a modernist movement of any magnitude, for the basis of such a movement would be the liberation of humanity and the illumination brought by the humanitarian spirit.