Sunday, 15 April 2012
An Artist Copes With House Arrest æ
The Economist reports:
Since [Ai Weiwei's] release last June… he has been the subject of intense surveillance… he knows of at least 15 police surveillance cameras mounted within 100 metres of his home…
Not unreasonably, Mr Ai thought he was being helpful when he resolved to mark the anniversary by mounting four cameras of his own, covering nearly all his own movements, and streaming the live video footage onto the internet at a website he created, called weiweicam.com
What a brilliant response.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
On Art æ
“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”
– Pablo Picasso
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Ai Weiwei’s ‘Dog Mobile’ parks up in Hong Kong æ
Vivienne Chow, for SCMP:
“You don’t see Ai’s works available in the art market. His works aren’t those pretty little things that are easy to sell in the market,” Seki told the South China Morning Post. Seki said that Ai’s works were avant-garde pieces that challenged the viewer’s way of thinking, making them important works in the history of art.
“Instead of being a standalone individual art piece, Ai’s works incorporate the process of creativity and sometimes the space where the piece is placed,” he said. Removing a piece from the setting would strip off its meaning. “That’s why it’s so rare to have an item available for sale. We have sold only one small piece by the artist in the past.”
Too bad it wouldn’t be available to the public for viewing.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Signs of ageing halted in the lab æ
James Gallagher, for BBC:
The onset of wrinkles, muscle wasting and cataracts has been delayed and even eliminated in mice, say researchers in the US.
It was done by “flushing out” retired cells that had stopped dividing. They accumulate naturally with age.
One step closer to the sci-fi premise of In Time (2011):
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off.
Life imitates art.
Friday, 14 October 2011