Weiwei-Isms

Weiwei Isms This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei s thoughts on key aspects of his art politics and life A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words

  • Title: Weiwei-Isms
  • Author: Ai Weiwei
  • ISBN: 9780691157665
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei s thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views The short quotations presented here have been carefully selected from articles, tweets, aThis collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei s thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views The short quotations presented here have been carefully selected from articles, tweets, and interviews given by this acclaimed Chinese artist and activist The book is organized into six categories freedom of expression art and activism government, power, and moral choices the digital world history, the historical moment, and the future and personal reflections.Together, these quotes span some of the most revealing moments of Ai Weiwei s eventful career from his risky investigation into student deaths in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to his arbitrary arrest in 2011 providing a window into the mind of one of the world s most electrifying and courageous contemporary artists.Select Quotes from the Book On Freedom of Expression Say what you need to say plainly, and then take responsibility for it A small act is worth a million thoughts Liberty is about our rights to question everything On Art and Activism Everything is art Everything is politics The art always wins Anything can happen to me, but the art will stay Life is art Art is life I never separate it I don t feel that much anger I equally have a lot of joy On Government, Power, and Making Moral Choice Once you ve tasted freedom, it stays in your heart and no one can take it Then, you can be powerful than a whole country I feel powerless all the time, but I regain my energy by making a very small difference that won t cost me much Tips on surviving the regime Respect yourself and speak for others Do one small thing every day to prove the existence of justice On the Digital World Only with the Internet can a peasant I have never met hear my voice and I can learn what s on his mind A fairy tale has come true The Internet is uncontrollable And if the Internet is uncontrollable, freedom will win It s as simple as that The Internet is the best thing that could have happened to China On History, the Historical Moment, and the Future If a nation cannot face its past, it has no future We need to get out of the old language The world is a sphere, there is no East or West Personal Reflection I ve never planned any part of my career except being an artist And I was pushed into that corner because I thought being an artist was the only way to have a little freedom Anyone fighting for freedom does not want to totally lose their freedom Expressing oneself is like a drug I m so addicted to it.

    One thought on “Weiwei-Isms”

    1. The quotes in this tiny book often lack context to make them truly meaningful. In addition, presenting them one after the other devalues the hugely important fight for freedom Ai Weiwei has been doing. Perhaps the value of this book is as a small (5x6") coffee table book that can spark conversations more interesting than the average.The man is amazing though, and I admire his strength and love for his messed up country. "I will never leave China, unless I am forced to. Because China is mine. I w [...]

    2. I have great respect for Ai Weiwei, but I agree with other reviewers that presenting his quotes as aphorisms removes too much of their context. As a starting point or taken within the context of Ai Weiwei's work, some are very powerful, but this book feels lacking as a standalone piece.

    3. I deeply respect and appreciate the work of Ai Weiwei, but I'm not sure this book necessarily did him or his struggle justice. The quotes are profound, but presented one after another, I think they lose some of their "sharpness," so to speak, and lack a bit of context. I'd also say that the six sub-categories are largely arbitrary. It may have been interesting to assign quotes in relation to his art, as opposed to quotes just in relation to the nature of thinking itself.

    4. We live in a time when things have taken a noticeable turn for the longer and shorter at the same time. In the explosion of blogging and numerous other forms of online publication, people have greater access than ever before to make their voices heard and at great length. Yet, at the same time, outlets like Facebook and Twitter especially, direct their users to hone their message down, purify it to the most crystallized form before sending it out to the world. Sometimes this makes for completely [...]

    5. For the lovers of Ai Weiwei, Chinese dissident and artist; his words about freedom and individual rights of expression, moral choices, government power and this historical moment and forecast for the future were for me very interesting, because I found him very interesting since I saw one of his pictures exhibition here in Berlin last years. Per i cultori di Ai Weiwei, dissidente cinese ed artista; le sue parole sulla libertà, il diritto individuale di esprimersi, le scelte morali, il potere de [...]

    6. Je ne me sens pas du tout puissant. Je suis toujours plus ou moins détenu. Vous savez, c'est une sorte de liberté sous caution. Hier encore, alors que j'essayais de m'occuper du bébé, au parc, je me suis rendu compte que j'étais suivi et que ma situation était très fragile. Mais peut-être qu'être puissant c'est être fragile.Certaines phrases sont très intenses et raisonnent (dans les deux sens) dans la tête.Seul défaut : nos interprétations de certaines citations pourraient en cont [...]

    7. A collection of quotes from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, presented according to topic. I found most of these bite-sized snippets to be meaningful and worth noting down. The funniest is when he talks about how officials told him their "mere" detainment of him was considered "an improvement" over what they could have done to him in the past, during the Cultural Revolution. P.S. As a fellow Chinese, I would have appreciated that the quotes be presented in Mandarin as well, so as to retain their origin [...]

    8. Book of quotes. Some favorites:"There were so many moments when I felt desperate and helpless. But still, the next morning, I heard the birds singing.""Chairman Mao was the first in the world to use Twitter. All his quotations are within 140 words.""The world is a sphere. There is no East or West.""Overturning police cars is a super-intense workout. It's probably the only sport I enjoy."

    9. Weiwei-isms could be described as meditations on Art, Life, Freedom and Power. Collected by Larry Warsh and organized into six topical chapters, the words of the artist cut to the essence of his experiences over a lifetime of speaking Truth to Power. (And, as a conceptual artist, this is as much a monograph of his work as book of photos would be.) It's an inspirational addition to my studio library.

    10. It's hard to review a book of quotations. I think a lot of them will mean more if the reader knows something about Ai Weiwei's life, work, and struggle for freedom in China. But some are universal and need no introduction."Say what you need to say plainly, and then take responsibility for it.""Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught.""There were so many moments when I felt desperate and hopeless. But still, the next morning, I heard the birds singing."

    11. Tough to review a book of quotations. The best thing about it is it introduced me to the mind of Ai Weiwei. Artist, activist, freedom fighter."Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught."

    12. A small book of quotes from the famous Chinese dissident/artist. If subversive thoughts cultivate in your mind, feed the frenzy with these words from a master observer of the human condition.

    13. Really loved having all these quotes fro Ai WeiWei together. The commentary at the beginning is also excellent. This is a great read for art non art enthusiast alike!

    14. The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.Similarly, Ai Weiwei's work and thoughts are not this book. However it's really great to pick at to get inspired by his passion.

    15. This book showed me that there is no reason to be afraid of China like the world likes to announce. Soon it's communist government will collapse

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