He is a native of Philadelphia PA and still lives and writes there. Of Hitchhikers and Writers. Read this book in a darkened room, and then read it again in a sunlit field. Search for:. It was events like that and others that pushed Weiwei further into the world of human rights advocacy and the ongoing withering attacks against the ruling Chinese government. This book becomes not only a collection of his most pertinent political statements, but also of topics like freedom of expression, art and activism, the digital world and more.
Physically Weiwei-isms is a black, small hardbound book, fitting nicely into a jacket pocket and meant to be carried around, perused at chance moments and ruminated on. It knowingly bears a resemblance to the little red books that were given out by Chairman Mao in order to popularize his philosophies to his subjects. Yet, brainwashing is not the dastardly attempt of the author this time; it is more akin to brain-widening. Take a look for yourself. I feel safe in saying that some statement, one of his turns of phrase, will hit you like a punch in the gut, likely leaving an emotional bruise that will take great time and thought to recover from.
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. Dec 20, Lola rated it really liked it.
Je ne me sens pas du tout puissant. Oct 01, Am Y rated it really liked it. 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.
As a fellow Chinese, I would have appreciated that the quotes be presented in Mandarin as well, so as to retain their origin A collection of quotes from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, presented according to topic. As a fellow Chinese, I would have appreciated that the quotes be presented in Mandarin as well, so as to retain their original flavour. 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. All his quotations are within words. There is no East or West.
Weiwei-Isms by Ai Weiwei
It's probably the only sport I enjoy. Oct 27, Anna L Conti rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , artist-monographs. 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. May 18, Kerfe rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. 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. It can only be untaught. Feb 15, Documentally rated it liked it. Tough to review a book of quotations. The best thing about it is it introduced me to the mind of Ai Weiwei.
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Artist, activist, freedom fighter. Feb 27, Josephus Brautigan rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction. If subversive thoughts cultivate in your mind, feed the frenzy with these words from a master observer of the human condition. Sep 10, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing. What Ai Weiwei says is well worth listening to - so eloquent and so humane.
Jun 06, Cory Weeks rated it it was amazing. 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!
Weiwei-isms: A selection of quotations from Ai
Jan 14, Jeannot se livre rated it really liked it. If there is one who suffers, then I suffer. Sep 03, joycesu rated it liked it. 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.
Mar 27, Susu rated it it was amazing. Powerful quotes from Ai Weiwei - just read and think. Yet, brainwashing is not the dastardly attempt of the author this time; it is more akin to brain-widening. Take a look for yourself. I feel safe in saying that some statement, one of his turns of phrase, will hit you like a punch in the gut, likely leaving an emotional bruise that will take great time and thought to recover from.
Unlike The Little Red Book, carrying Weiwei-isms isn't compulsory, but you'll find yourself compelled to read it again and again and fit it into your head and heart, if not your pocket. As brilliant and serious as Ai is, he is also companionable and uplifting. Powerful for general readers: 'Creativity is part of human nature.
It can only be untaught. Buy this book to keep his brave words alive, since, as he points out, 'The government computer has one button: delete. They also show us the man himself: uncompromising, upfront, amusing, and charismatic, with an often wicked sense of humour.
Ai Weiwei's 'little black book' will leave a lasting impression. From a man who admonishes 'Say what you need to say plainly, and then take responsibility for it' comes this short, frank, and thoughtful collection that does just that. You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.
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