As I write, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been in detention for 51 days and 6 hours. I know this so precisely because someone who goes by the handle loveaiww has placed a counter on the web. On the door of my apartment is a poster with a silhouette of Ai, made from a photograph taken during
When it comes to being numb, certain people take first prize – those who sacrifice the people closest to them in order to prolong their own ignoble lives; people with interests but no principles; people with adequate food and clothing but no faith;
In October 2010 I spent a day at the World Expo in Shanghai. From the gigantic (and ominous) Chinese pavilion to the glum chicken shed erected by the USA, every nation had something to say about itself.
I'll be in Shanghai 20th-25th October at Get It Louder! which is "China's most influential and closely-watched exhibition of emerging young talent across creative disciplines". Not sure what they mean by 'closely-watched' but Ai Weiwei will