On the Table

This volume includes previously unseen new work, as well as a range of key pieces from the past 35 years, presented in a beautiful clothbound format.

On the Table


Cultures Citizenship and Human Rights Open Access

As the poster boy for freedom of expression, Ai Weiwei “bears the flaw of loving his country and not the party” (Sigg ... Weiwei-isms. Princeton UP, 2012; Pera, Rosa, editor. AI Weiwei. On the Table. La Fabrica; Multilingual edition, ...

Cultures  Citizenship and Human Rights  Open Access

In Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights the combined analytical efforts of the fields of human rights law, conflict studies, anthropology, history, media studies, gender studies, and critical race and postcolonial studies raise a comprehensive understanding of the discursive and visual mediation of migration and manifestations of belonging and citizenship. More insight into the convergence – but also the tensions – between the cultural and the legal foundations of citizenship, has proven to be vital to the understanding of societies past and present, especially to assess processes of inclusion and exclusion. Citizenship is more than a collection of rights and privileges held by the individual members of a state but involves cultural and historical interpretations, legal contestation and regulation, as well as an active engagement with national, regional, and local state and other institutions about the boundaries of those (implicitly gendered and raced) rights and privileges. Highlighting and assessing the transformations of what citizenship entails today is crucially important to the future of Europe, which both as an idea and as a practical project faces challenges that range from the crisis of legitimacy to the problems posed by mass migration. Many of the issues addressed in this book, however, also play out in other parts of the world, as several of the chapters reflect. This book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Ai Weiwei s Blog

... 71,111, 138 Table with Two Legs on the Wall (Ai Weiwei), 106p Tan Zuoren, xxiv–xxv, 239, 280n1 Tang culture, 16 Tangshan earthquake, 87, 101, 149 Tarkovsky, Andrei, 143 Taxes, 194–197 Taxi driver strike, 182 Template (Ai Weiwei), ...

Ai Weiwei s Blog

Manifestos and immodest proposals from China's most famous artist and activist, culled from his popular blog, shut down by Chinese authorities in 2009. In 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings. He wrote about the Sichuan earthquake (and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government's “tofu-dregs engineering”), reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene, described the irony of being investigated for “fraud” by the Ministry of Public Security, made a modest proposal for tax collection. Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog. This book offers a collection of Ai's notorious online writings translated into English—the most complete, public documentation of the original Chinese blog available in any language. The New York Times called Ai “a figure of Warholian celebrity.” He is a leading figure on the international art scene, a regular in museums and biennials, but in China he is a manifold and controversial presence: artist, architect, curator, social critic, justice-seeker. He was a consultant on the design of the famous “Bird's Nest” stadium but called for an Olympic boycott; he received a Chinese Contemporary Art “lifetime achievement award” in 2008 but was beaten by the police in connection with his “citizen investigation” of earthquake casualties in 2009. Ai Weiwei's Blog documents Ai's passion, his genius, his hubris, his righteous anger, and his vision for China.

The Language of Museum Communication

... related press releases; the results can be stunning, as shown by the aforementioned Ai Weiwei example, which is here compared to its related EPA (Table 8.4): Table 8.4 Ai Weiwei exhibition (Royal Academy of Arts, London): EPA vs.

The Language of Museum Communication

This volume explores the evolution of the language of museum communication from 1950 to the present day, focusing on its most salient tool, the press release. The analysis is based on a corpus of press releases issued by eight high-profile British and American museums, and has been carried out adopting corpus linguistics and genre analysis methodologies. After identifying the typical features of the museum press release, new media more recently adopted by museums, such as web presentations, blogs, e-news, and social media, are taken into consideration, exploring questions such as how has the language of museum communication changed in order to face the challenge posed by new technologies? Are museum press releases threatened by new approaches used in contemporary public relations? Are the typical press release features still detectable in new genres? Drawing on insights from linguistics, discourse analysis, and museum communication this book will be of great value to researchers and practitioners of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and museum communication scholars.

Ai Weiwei Spatial Matters

Art Architecture and Activism Ai Weiwei, Anthony Pins, An Xiao Mina ... A more pointed illustration of negotiable power this liberation is one we can only glimpse through is Table and Beam ( 2002 ) , where the massive four- the looking ...

Ai Weiwei  Spatial Matters

"Widely considered to be one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation in China and internationally, Ai Weiwei successfully occupies multiple roles as a conceptual artist, architect, curator, designer, film-maker, publisher, and activist. Using a variety of formal languages with both traditional and innovative methods of production, Ai links the past with the present and explores the geopolitical, economic, and cultural realities affecting the world with humour and compassion. Published in association with the artist, this book draws on the full breadth of Ai Weiwei's architectural, installation, and activist work, including drawings and plans from a huge range of international projects, with particular emphasis on his use of space. The publication also includes excepts from his blog, in which his insightful commentary on the world around him comes to the fore. Throughout the book a wide selection of essays by leading critics and art-historians, as well as interviews with the artist, draw out his central concerns." - Dust jacket.

Age of Ambition Chasing Fortune Truth and Faith in the New China

Ai Weiwei threw stones at them, and the police hauled him in for “attacking a security camera,” as officers put it. ... From the table, Ai Weiwei watched his wife wrap a bright red scarf around her shoulders and bundle up against the ...

Age of Ambition  Chasing Fortune  Truth  and Faith in the New China

Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction. An Economist Best Book of 2014. A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy-or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals-fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture-consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.

Visual proficiency A perspective on art education

These kinds of works also bring Ai Wei Wei closer to Western positions, for example if we compare this last work to Max Ernst's 1964 object “Tisch” (“Table”).30 Ai Wei Wei's ironic engagement with the values and image concepts of the ...

Visual proficiency   A perspective on art education

Every day, over a million images are uploaded to flickr. This is a striking example of the so-called »flood« of images that emerged with the beginning of the digital age. A generation of adolescents has already been socialised with this flood of images and deals with it on a daily basis, both in their networks and elsewhere. Art education thus faces significant challenges: art is the only school subject that deals with the problems inherent in images as images, making them the focus of pedagogic activity. This volume presents both the foundations for engaging with the phenomenon of the »image« in a competent and historically informed manner as well as the perspectives for art education that arise from these foundations. It is based upon the conviction that providing orientation in a world defined by images does not mean following solely a technocratic, functionalist or even neoliberal »concept of education«. Quite the contrary: »providing an orientation« for how to deal with images in a world that is dominated by them is a crucial part of the holistic development of young people’s personalities. The volume’s main focus lies upon the new functions taken on both by the image and by art more generally. It takes into account aspects of globalisation and participation and also includes more unusual views (often from a cross-media perspective) of art and its historical repertory, which even current image creation is unable to dispense with. The volume also deals extensively with architecture and the images it conveys.

Beyond Meaning A Journey Across Language Perception and Experience

Consider, as a counterexample, the art piece called “Table with two legs on the wall”, first presented by the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in 1996. This art piece consists of a table that has been modified so that two of its ...

Beyond Meaning  A Journey Across Language  Perception and Experience

Natural languages – idioms such as English and Cantonese, Zulu and Amharic, Basque and Nicaraguan Sign Language – allow their speakers to convey meaning and transmit meaning to one another. But what is meaning exactly? What is this thing that words convey and speakers communicate? Few questions are as elusive as this. Yet, few features are as essential to who we are and what we do as human beings as the capacity to convey meaning through language. In this book, Gaetano Fiorin and Denis Delfitto disclose a notion of linguistic meaning that is structured around three distinct, yet interconnected dimensions: a linguistic dimension, relating meaning to the linguistic forms that convey it; a material dimension, relating meaning to the material and social conditions of its environment; and a psychological dimension, relating meaning to the cognitive lives of its users. By paying special attention to the puzzle surrounding first-person reference – the way speakers exploit language to refer to themselves – and by capitalizing on a number of recent findings in the cognitive sciences, Fiorin and Delfitto develop the original hypothesis that meaningful language shares the same underlying logical and metaphysical structure of sense perception, effectively acting as a system of classification and discrimination at the interface between cognitive agents and their ecologies.

32 Beijing New York Issue 5 6

Ai Weiwei. Table with Two Legs on the Wall. 1997. Qing dynasty table (1644 19111, 90.5 x 118 x(H) 122 cm "It is necessary, not merely interesting, to develop skills in a new direction... to always develop something in another direction, ...

32 Beijing New York Issue 5 6

In a new double issue, 32BNY traces the modern urban trajectories of Russia and China, mapping their connections, divergences, and potential futures. From the legacy of Russia in the 1920s, to the volatile architectural energy of China today, 32 revisits what had once seemed irrefutable binaries: communism and capitalism, east and west, history and progress. Issue 5/6 includes: Irene Cheng on the New Silk Road Bart Goldhoorn on Capitalist Realism Rob Gregory on Catherine Cooke and the state of Moscow's modern architecture Leo Ou-fan Lee on Shanghai circa 1930 Peter Lynch on El Lissitsky Thomas de Monchaux on Melnikov's House Shrinking Cities on Ivanovo Slavoj Zizek on Lenin and freedom today Projects by Office dA (with text by Rodolphe El Khoury) Steven Holl Architects Zhang Lei Bernard Tschumi Architects Ai Weiwei (with text by Toshiko Mori) Photographs by Sze Tsung Leong Armin Linke Joe Wolek Plus FOA's Alejandro Zaera-Polo interviewed by Guy Zucker

Ai Weiwei

Edited by Charles Merewether. Essays by Jonathan Napack and Chin-Chin Yap.

Ai Weiwei

Edited by Charles Merewether. Essays by Jonathan Napack and Chin-Chin Yap.

Ai Weiwei

The first monograph on the key figure in Chinese fast-growing art scene.

Ai Weiwei

The first monograph on the key figure in Chinese fast-growing art scene.

Dissidence

For an insightful study of Ai Weiwei's international reputation as a dissident and artist, see Laia Manonelles Moner, “Ai Weiwei's Exhibition On the Table 2014/2015 in Barcelona: A Review in Light of Its Local Media Reception,” Journal ...

Dissidence

How the valorization of artistic and political dissidence has contributed to the rise of Chinese contemporary art in the West. Interest in Chinese contemporary art increased dramatically in the West shortly after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Sparked by political sympathy and the mediatized response to the event, Western curators, critics, and art historians were quick to view the new art as an expression of dissident resistance to the Chinese regime. In this book, Marie Leduc proposes that this attribution of political dissidence is not only the result of latent Cold War perceptions about China, but also indicative of the art world's demand for artistically and politically provocative work—a demand that mirrors the valorization of free expression in liberal democracies. Focusing on nine Chinese artists—Wang Du, Wang Keping, Huang Yong Ping, Yang Jiechang, Chen Zhen, Yan Pei-Ming, Shen Yuan, Ru Xiaofan, and Du Zhenjun—who migrated to Paris in and around 1989, Leduc explores how their work was recognized before and after the Tiananmen Square incident. Drawing on personal interviews with the artists and curators, and through an analysis of important exhibitions, events, reviews, and curatorial texts, she demonstrates how these and other Chinese artists have been celebrated both for their artistic dissidence—their formal innovations and introduction of new media and concepts—and for their political dissidence—how their work challenges political values in both China and the West. As Leduc concludes, the rise of Chinese contemporary art in the West highlights the significance of artistic and political dissidence in the production of contemporary art, and the often-unrecognized relationship between contemporary art and liberal democracy.

Ai Weiwei Yours Truly

This book seeks to extend the incredible reach of Ai Weiwei's original Yours Truly project, and to inspire you to take the issue of global human rights personally, by telling the stories of a handful of resilient and relatable ...

Ai Weiwei  Yours Truly

Renowned artist Ai Weiwei engaged nearly 900,000 visitors in a conversation about human rights with his art installation @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. In one participatory piece, Yours Truly, visitors sent 92,829 postcards to prisoners of conscience around the world. This book delves into those postcards' lasting impact. Five former prisoners and their loved ones reflect on the experience of receiving hundreds of postcards while imprisoned. Essays and a statement by Ai Weiwei contextualize this extraordinary project. And photographs taken during the exhibition show visitors and the messages they wrote.

Journalism and Ethics Breakthroughs in Research and Practice

This time slot was adopted because all major news reports featuring the Ai Weiwei case ... Table 1 summarizes the titles, dates of publication, and the number of comments associated with each China Daily article.

Journalism and Ethics  Breakthroughs in Research and Practice

In the modern hyperconnected society, consumers are able to access news from a variety of channels, including social media, television, mobile devices, the internet, and more. From sensationalist headlines designed to attract click-throughs to accusations of bias assigned to specific news sources, it is more important now than ever that the media industry maintains best practices and adheres to ethical reporting. By properly informing citizens of critical national concerns, the media can help to transform society and promote active participation. Journalism and Ethics: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice examines the impacts of journalism on society and the media’s responsibility to accurately inform citizens of government and non-government activities in an ethical manner. It also provides emerging research on multimedia journalism across various platforms and formats using digital technologies. Highlighting a range of pertinent topics such as investigative journalism, freedom of expression, and media regulation, this publication is an ideal reference source for media professionals, public relations officers, reporters, news writers, scholars, academicians, researchers, and upper-level students interested in journalism and journalistic ethics.

33 Artists in 3 Acts

f you have never felt lonely, you should become an activist,” says Ai Weiwei. ... Ai is ensconced in the same Ming Dynasty-style chair at the head of the long wooden table where his wife, Lu Qing, sat when I was here last year.

33 Artists in 3 Acts

Is being an artist a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood? Is it an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment? In three richly interlinked but distinct 'acts' - Politics, Kinship and Craft - Sarah Thornton compares and contrasts answers to the simple but profound question: what is an artist? 33 Artists in 3 Acts draws on hundreds of personal encounters with the world's most important artists, to ask what it means to be making artworks in different parts of the world today. With Thornton as expert guide and trusted insider, we have unprecedented access to the lives of the artists, from late-night Skype chats with Ai Weiwei to taxi rides with Maurizio Cattelan on the way to and from the show that announces his death. We join Thornton as she rummages through artists' studios, homes and solo shows, inquiring about everything from their bank accounts to their bedrooms. The result is a series of cinematic experiences, which juxtapose artists in thought-provoking ways, and build up narratives that end with epiphanies. 33 Artists in 3 Acts is a generational touchstone, a powerful triptych and gripping anti-monograph about truth, integrity, credibility and recognition. Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art, this masterful act of storytelling will also delight any reader seeking to understand creative lives.

The Art of Modern China

Much of Ai Weiwei's artwork has a deconstructionist bent. In this example, from a classical furniture series, he has cut up attractive Ming-style tables and rebuilt them so that they lose their utilitarian function [fig. 12.18].

The Art of Modern China

“The Art of Modern China is a long-awaited, much-needed survey. The authors’ combined experience in this field is exceptional. In addition to presenting key arguments for students and arts professionals, Andrews and Shen enliven modern Chinese art for all readers. The Art of Modern China gives just treatment to an expanded field of overlooked artworks that confront the challenges of modernization.”—De-nin Deanna Lee, author of The Night Banquet: A Chinese Scroll through Time.

Modern China

... 122–123, 125–127, 138, 196, 364–365, 380 (table) Ai Weiwei, 115 AIDS, 88, 102, 203 alcoholic beverages, 253,265, 321, 326–328 All-China Federation of Trade Union (ACFTU), 151, 371 All-China Society of Traditional Medicine (ACSTM), ...

Modern China

Providing an indispensable resource for students, educators, businessmen, and officials investigating the transformative experience of modern China, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the culture, institutions, traditions, and international relations that have shaped today's China. • Covers contemporary Chinese politics, economy, geography, law, education, culture, and history, providing readers with a breadth of insights into modern China and its people • Addresses a variety of current issues such as pollution, corruption, human trafficking, human rights, civil liberties, and the one-child policy • Contains accessible information ideal for high school and college-level students, grade school teachers, and any readers interested in the general topics of Asia and China

Visitors can appreciate and reflect on the aesthetics of the abstract shapes from different angles, at the same time feeling first-hand the work's great energy and appeal. Date: October 29, 2011 - January 29, 2012.

The solo exhibition Ai Weiwei absent at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) is the artist's first large-scale solo exhibition to be held anywhere in the ethnic Chinese world. The museum presents the exhibition to convey Ai Weiwei's dynamic works of arts, his ideas and influential power to audience. Ai Weiwei absent presents 21 sets of artwork, spanning a period from 1980s to 2011, encompassing a variety of forms such as installation and video, and using a variety of materials such as ceramics, marble, antique utensils and bicycles. It also includes a series of over 100 photographic works, 75 of which were taken by the artist during his stay in New York between 1983 and 1993, while the other 25 pieces were shot after he moved back Beijing East Village in 1993. The artist's most recent work, Forever Bicycles, created specially for this exhibition, is composed of 1,200 bicycles and installed in an exhibition space 10 meters high. Bicycles have long been the most common means of transport in China and as such are both familiar and intimate, but Ai Weiwei strips away the functionality of the object. He takes his own sensitivity and preferences and through them expands the idea of using finished objects. The use of 1,200 bikes and the large structure of the work were particular challenges in the construction of the piece. In addition, as the bikes are piled layer upon layer on top of each other, their wheel axles are transformed to form a labyrinthine-like space. Visitors can appreciate and reflect on the aesthetics of the abstract shapes from different angles, at the same time feeling first-hand the work's great energy and appeal. Date: October 29, 2011 - January 29, 2012.

Conversations

Ai Weiwei. live in Washington feel as if we're in a bizarre place to be because of a particular occupant of the White House. Ai Weiwei Washington is still a refined city ... If you always have food on the table, then you'll feel happy.

Conversations

Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most acclaimed artists and dissidents. This book presents him in conversation with theorists, critics, journalists, and curators about key moments in his life and career. These wide-ranging conversations flow between topics such as his relationship with China, the meaning of citizenship, moving his studio to Lesbos to be on the front lines of the migrant crisis, how to make art, and technology as a tool for freedom or oppression. Ai opens up about his relationship to his father as a poet and as a dissident forced into hard labor in a small village after the Cultural Revolution. He shares his thoughts on formal education and the importance of finding your own way as an artist. New York—both the city and its people—were formative for Ai Weiwei, and he speaks eloquently about how these experiences continue to influence him. Ai conjures up scenes from his long relationship with the city: dropping out of Parsons School of Design because he couldn’t afford tuition, making portraits in Washington Square Park as an undocumented immigrant in the 1980s, taking photos for the New York Times at demonstrations in Tompkins Square Park, and returning to set up the Good Fences Make Good Neighbors project across the city. These candid, spontaneous conversations reveal why Ai Weiwei has become such a major force in contemporary art and political life.

China s Porcelain Capital

7 Sources for this table are the Deputy Party Secretary from Jingdezhen's Cultural Affairs Bureau, Mimi Li and and Wu Bihu, ... 8 Philip Tinari, 'Postures in Clay: The Vessels of Ai Weiwei', Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn, Ceramic Works, ...

China s Porcelain Capital

Maris Boyd Gillette's groundbreaking study tells the story of Jingdezhen, China's porcelain capital, from its origins in 1004 in Song dynasty China to the present day. Gillette explores how Jingdezhen has been affected by state involvement in porcelain production, particularly during the long 20th century. She considers how the Chinese government has consumed, invested in, taxed and managed the local ceramics industry, and the effects of this state intervention on ceramists' lives, their local environment and the nature of the goods they produce. Gillette traces how Jingdezhen experienced the transition from imperial rule to state ownership under communism, the changing fortunes of the ceramics industry in the early 21st century, the decay and decline that accompanied privatisation, and a revival brought about by an entrepreneurial culture focusing on the manufacture of highly-prized 'art porcelain'.