Very Expressive Seeds
Chinese Master Ai Weiwei did it twice.
First, in a demonstration of genuinely atmospheric craft (in very much the sense put forward by Peter Sloterdijk), he turned the Tate Modern Turbine Hall into the unintended enactment of the Great Western Fear of the Malevolent Asian Intoxication (hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds crashed by visitors, now turned into suspected dust). Now, some of the seeds pop up in auction venues at record prices: a unique performance of the Great Financial Fixation with the Demons of Speculative China.The full story can be traced through “The Saga Continues with ‘Sunflower Seeds'” (The Wall Street Journal, January 26 2011).
The Test Society bows before the Master.