By Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei
Manifestos and conceited proposals from China's most famed artist and activist, culled from his renowned web publication, close down by means of chinese language specialists in 2009.
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This phenomenon has, in turn, transformed the Chinese architecture market into a force that the whole world watches attentively. In the course of its nearly thirty-year conversion to capitalism, China has accumulated great hopes and demands: thousands upon thousands of villages are more closely resembling cities, more than 100 million peasants are now becoming urban dwellers and industrial producers, more than 100 million households are in the process of relocating. People thirst for overnight riches, and they are always ready to reinvent themselves, to live in new homes, new neighborhoods, new cities.
Once you perceive a thing straightforwardly, with a clear mind and no obstacles, you will discover that your resources are inexhaustible. This is because your heart is connected to and in harmony with the order of the universe. This issue is obvious: if you forget your basic philosophy and ethics, design becomes a foundationless activity. In truth, design is touching upon this question every second, that is, how much will I take, and how much will you give? Do I give and take in equal measure? A majority of the time, a person’s driving motivation is only to take, or to convey, but what nature of substructure is assisting this conveyance?
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.
Ai Weiwei's Blog (Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009) by Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei