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Monday 08.09.10

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No Fake: An Interview with Ai Weiwei

AR: Is the trend of distilling information down to 140 characters impairing society's ability to craft refined ideas?

Ai: No refined ideas should be longer than 140 characters.


AR: If you were a god what would you do differently?

Ai: I am not God, and I have no choice.

AR: Which influenced you more the East or the West?

Ai: The world is sphere, has no East or West.

AR: Chaos theory assumes that the most stable situation is one that is constantly changing and precarious... does this resemble the way your work in architecture? Politics? Art? Life?

Ai: I act in a way more or less as programmed by an uncertain force.

AR: Beyond the readymade how has Marcel Duchamp influenced you?

Ai Weiwei's Pee (left), Marcel Duchamp and Fountain (right)

Ai : Marcel Duchamp influenced me in a way to be aware of the mental condition, art is an effort of attitude.

AR: What is the relationship between your piece Pee and Duchamp's Fountain?

Ai: Both relates to body liquid.

AR: Destruction and revolution how do they differ for you and how are they the same?

Ai: The process of changing structure and interpretation.

AR: Do you think that freedom is akin to spirituality?

Ai: Not necessarily.

AR: What is the fundamental purpose of art?

Ai: It is about the way we understand ourselves.

AR: Are ambiguities and open-endedness important elements for allowing the viewer to make their own value judgments?

Ai: The viewer makes their own final value judgments anyway.

AR: How are countries with over a billion people a sustainable situation, especially with the rising trend of Americanization?

Ai: Which remains as a question.

AR: Does the idea of vessel shape the way you make ceramics, architecture and life?

Ai: I have no interest in the shape of what so ever.

WeiWei dropping a Han Dynasty Urn on view till October 30th 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft

AR: Is it more satisfying to break an older ceramic object than a newer one?

Ai: This is not about satisfaction. It only brings up ideas on our consciousness, our value judgments.

AR: It is said that Duchamp lived as if he was dead, and that Warhol lived without individuality. How do you live?

Ai: I live through awareness of my surroundings.

Posted by Alex Rauch on August 09, 2010 at 1:43 | Comments (2)


Too damn funny! Thanks for this--the naked jump photo is perfect.

Posted by: BG [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2010 08:04 PM

mimi is giving a lecture on the chinese artist Ai Weiwei thursday June 7th 2011

Posted by: Caouettemimi [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 2, 2011 12:25 PM

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