Ai Weiwei : making sense / edited by Justin McGuirk.

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Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • London, United Kingdom : Design Museum Publishing, 2023.
  • ©2023
Description
224 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 27 cm

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The first book to dive exclusively into Ai Weiwei's approach to design and collecting, shedding light on the value we ascribe to everyday objects. Artist, film-maker, architect, activist, collector - whatever mode Ai Weiwei is in, he is trying to tell us something about the state of the world. This book presents Ai's work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values. Confronted by the rapid pace of change in his country, Ai became fascinated by Chinese antiquities. His vast collections of historical artefacts, from Stone Age tools to broken teapot spouts, attest to the way the language of objects speaks across the ages. Is this a classic tale of technical progress, or have we lost crucial qualities with the march of time? Ai invites us to make sense of these objects as he explores the tensions between past and present, hand and machine, precious and worthless, construction and destruction. Exhibition: Design Museum, London, UK (07.04. - 30.07.2023).
Notes
Published to accompany the exhibition held at the Design Museum, 2023.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Foreword / Tim Marlow
  • Introduction / Justin McGuirk
  • WORKS
  • Evidence
  • Construction/Destruction
  • Ordinary things
  • TEXTS
  • Beijing photographs / Rachel Hajek
  • Collecting China / Julia Lovell
  • To meet by chance / Wang Shu
  • I felt the wind, the air... / Brian Dillon
  • One hundred thousand things / Justin McGuirk
  • In conversation / Eyal Weizman and Ai Weiwei
Other title(s)
Making sense
ISBN
  • 9781872005638 (hardcover)
  • 1872005632 (hardcover)
OCLC
1370614629
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