(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

17 November 2011

Ai Weiwei Makes Tax Battle His Latest "Social Sculpture"

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Legal Battle as Art Form: Is Ai Weiwei’s response to the $2.4 million tax bill recently levied against him by the Chinese government actually a work of art? According to the AP, Ai has turned the government’s demand into performance art by posting official documents online, tallying loans from supporters, and making a video of himself singing an anti-censorship song. “This has become a social performance and there are so many people involved. Even the Global Times. They are also playing a role in this,” said Ai, referring to the scathing commentaries against him in the official Chinese newspaper. According to critic Barbara Pollack, “A lot of the work that Ai Weiwei's done with Twitter and his blog and all of that stuff that might look like just political protest in China, [but] many curators in the West have called it social sculpture.”

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