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Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009

Publisher / Label
The MIT Press
Country
USA
Language
English
Publication year
2011
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
250
ISBN
9780262015219

Index

Contents

2006 Texts --

Problems Facing Foreign Architects Working within a Chinese Architectural Practice --3
Architecture and Space --5
Photography --9
With Regard to Architecture --10
Chinese Contemporary Art in Dilemma and Transition --14
On Photography --18
Who Are You? --20
The Longest Road --25
Their City --26
N Town --28
S Village in Beijing --30
Wrong Place, Right Time --32
Distracting Thoughts Overhead --35
A Straightforward Angle: Liu Xiaodong --37
Quietly Settling Dust --39
Fragments --40
A World without Honor --45
Yesterday I Cut My Hair --47
Here and Now --48
Ideal Cities and Architecture Do Not Exist --52
As Soon as You're Not Careful... an Encounter with Idiocy on a Sunny Day --56
A Path to an Unknown Place --57
A Curse for Zuzhou --59
Ordinary Architecture --61
Ar Chang's Persistence --66
The Computer Worth "Several Hundred Million" and One Worthless Brain --67
A Road with No End --70
Ignorance and Hypocrisy Always Win --70
Why I Am a Hypocrite --72
The People, the Moon, Zidane, and More --75
Some Thoughts on Future Cities --78
Letting Our Mistakes Keep Us Down --83
Aftershocks --87
Spiritual Orientation and the Possibilities of Existence --88
Super Lights: Yan Lei and His Work --89
Flat-Bottomed Cloth Shoes --91
Familiar Curse Words --93
Despicable Things --94
Bile from Living Bears --95
Different Worlds, Different Dreams --97
Hypnosis and Fragmented Reality: Li Songsong --100
Documenting the Unfamiliar Self and the Non-self: Rongrong & inri --103
Widespread Beliefs --107
The Ethical Foundation of Justice --109

2007 Texts --

Life, Crime, and Death --111
Standards and Practical Jokes --113
Rowing on the Bund: Wang Xingwei --115
Eternally Lost Confidence --117
Dog Massacre in Wan Chuan --119
A "Fairytale" Becomes an Artwork --120
National Day --126
Andy Warhol --127
Designatum --131
Some Abnormal Numbers --132

2008 Texts --

Hallucinations and "Inhaling Poisons" --137
We Have Nothing --140
Flickering Screens --141
A Word of Thanks --143
Light as a Feather --144
The Space between Reality and Ideals: Zhao Zhao --145
Divination and Democracy --147
Grief --149
Silent Holiday --152
Sacrifice --154
Karmic Retribution for Karma --155
The Way of Teacher Fan and Ethics in the Ministry of Education --156
Forget About It --157
Paper Tigers and Paper Hunters --158
Smashing and Burning --159
the Eccentric and Unsociable Type / Yang Jia --160
On the Bird's Nest --162
Endless Surprise --167
Pipe Dreams --170
Doing Push-ups --171
Public Trial --172
The Trial --173
Olympic Virus --175
Does the Nation Have a List? --177
Closing the Opening Ceremony --180
The Olympic Committee --180
Obama --182
That Liu Yaling --183
Why Violence? --184
Kill, but Not in the Name of Justice --186
Bullshit Is Free --186
Stimulating Domestic Introspection --188

2009 Texts --

Shanzhai Ideals --192
Inappropriate Accusations, Excessive Punishments --193
Bullshit Tax --194
Two Jokes --198
Confidence, Face, a Shoe --199
Central Television Is Flaming --200
Heartless --201
Central Television Inspired China --203
What Is Central Television, Anyway? --206
My Regards to Your Mother --207
Citizen Investigation --209
Letter from a Beichuan Mother --210
Guests from All Corners of the Earth --211
Day of True National Revitalization --218
These Days I Can't Believe Anything You Say --219
Paranoid Citizen --221
5.12 Memorial Day --224
How Could We Have Degenerated to This? --225
Domestic Security "Rice Cookers" --227
Don't Harbor Illusions about Me --228
I'm Ready --230
Let Us Forget --231
If You Aren't Anti-China, Are You Still Human? --231
Boycott the Internet on July 1, Don't Make Excuses, Don't Calculate Losses or Gains --233
140 Characters --234
I Really Can't Believe It --236

Epilogue --238
Chronology --244
Notes --254
Chinese Name Equivalents --282
Index --286