By Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei
Manifestos and conceited proposals from China's most renowned artist and activist, culled from his well known web publication, close down through chinese language professionals in 2009.
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21 gain status, acceptance, or pleasure from the particular number of square meters in their homes or some set of fixed standards, a life of simply filling in the blanks. The game is so simple, and it’s not something that everyone is prepared to accept. But accepting it implies the collapse of a series of hierarchies, although educational and other surrounding systems tend not to permit this sort of thing. It’s hard for an individual to state his or her mind frankly, or to smile, or to make contact with someone else, or to observe a thing plainly.
Human wants and interests are narrow and biased, and if we were to concern ourselves with only the human world, we would be limiting ourselves to a very narrow worldview. Open a newspaper to any page and you’ll discover that everything is written from a human-centric point of view, no matter whether the article is discussing the environment or humanity’s relationship to natural resources. A divine force lies beyond human law that is incomparable to the forces of humanity. Human order applies on earth and in cities, and the majority of people are simply riding this bus along that road to this or that spot, or they use the fruits of thousands of hours of their labor to purchase this car or that.
A hazy world follows a moment of clarity, and with our knowledge and in our quest for knowledge, the powers we marshal in pursuit of this desire and the prices we pay for it all lead us toward an ideal world. What will become of art in such a harmonious world without wants or desires? Will we become a part of it? Uli Sigg is a former Swiss ambassador to China. Before taking that position he already had years of experience working in China, and was both an important participant and an incorruptible witness to the process of reform and opening that distinguished China’s recent history.