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.


  1. Hi there! Thank you for that post. Brilliant just brilliant.

    I am actually curating a project in London for Ai Weiwei’s capture-awareness and release. It is called The Chinese Whisper Project (Chinesewhisperproject.worpress), and I am looking to do an exhibition using art as a symbol of unique interpretation and freedom of expression. Hopefully I’ll have 25 peices of art to exhibit from 5 unique artists. You’d be so welcome to come! I guess it’s about pulling together and standing for our rights. Especially in an age of social media power. I’ve put a project video plan up on the blog and on youtube too – it would be great if you could find an outlet to let readers know.

    Many thanks! Keep up the good work.

    p.s. i’m on twitter: ChineseTwhisper
    p.p.s. I’ve added your blog to my links on the site

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