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thedailywhat:

Faith In Humanity of the Day: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was illegally detained for nearly three months, was recently given 15 days to pay off a $2.4 million dollar fine for tax evasion — the crime he was forced to plead guilty to in order to be released from jail.
Since then, Ai has been inundated with cash from thousands supporters, raising $840,000 in less than a week. The famed dissident told AFP that people have been literally throwing money at him: “Every morning we have to pick up the money thrown into the courtyard. Sometimes they are folding it into planes or boats.”
But getting out of one bogus charge might land Ai in another. According to anonymous experts who spoke with China’s Global Times, the unsolicited donations could lead to accusations of “illegal fundraising.”
“We don’t need the money,” Ai told The Guardian, “but we need attention for the public to understand what is going on. They really want to express an opinion … so we will temporarily hold their money for them and then return it.”
[afp / bbc / guardian.]

thedailywhat:

Faith In Humanity of the Day: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was illegally detained for nearly three months, was recently given 15 days to pay off a $2.4 million dollar fine for tax evasion — the crime he was forced to plead guilty to in order to be released from jail.

Since then, Ai has been inundated with cash from thousands supporters, raising $840,000 in less than a week. The famed dissident told AFP that people have been literally throwing money at him: “Every morning we have to pick up the money thrown into the courtyard. Sometimes they are folding it into planes or boats.”

But getting out of one bogus charge might land Ai in another. According to anonymous experts who spoke with China’s Global Times, the unsolicited donations could lead to accusations of “illegal fundraising.”

“We don’t need the money,” Ai told The Guardian, “but we need attention for the public to understand what is going on. They really want to express an opinion … so we will temporarily hold their money for them and then return it.”

[afp / bbc / guardian.]

Ai Weiwei talks about art, his health and life out of prison ⇢
hyperallergic:

Questions Remain After Ai Weiwei’s Release Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been released, as [have three others of his detained associates], but that doesn’t mean the story is over. Ai’s legal case is still open, China is still detaining and jailing dissidents and the Ai’s freedom may just be political image clean-up for the government. What does the release actually mean? READ MORE. For more information on Ai Weiwei and his associates’ detainment, please read Hyperallergic on Al Jazeera Talking About Ai Weiwei,  as well as past updates on Ai’s four associates who were also jailed.

hyperallergic:

Questions Remain After Ai Weiwei’s Release

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been released, as [have three others of his detained associates], but that doesn’t mean the story is over. Ai’s legal case is still open, China is still detaining and jailing dissidents and the Ai’s freedom may just be political image clean-up for the government. What does the release actually mean? READ MORE.

For more information on Ai Weiwei and his associates’ detainment, please read Hyperallergic on Al Jazeera Talking About Ai Weiwei, as well as past updates on Ai’s four associates who were also jailed.

Ai Weiwei RELEASED! ⇢

He was bailed late on Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion, Xinhua news agency said.

An outspoken critic of China’s human rights record, his arrest in April prompted a global campaign for his release.

The 54-year-old said he was back home and in good health in a phone interview with the BBC.

"I am already home, released on bail, I can’t talk to media but I am well, thanks for all the media attention," he said.

hyperallergic:
While Ai’s “Fuck You” photographs are not my favorite work of his, they, as these glasses also do, are fitting of a certain pissed-off mood. I greatly appreciate that the designer has made these easily downloadable so you can make them yourself.
andrewharlow:

Fuck Everything, Ai Weiwei Glasses

hyperallergic:

While Ai’s “Fuck You” photographs are not my favorite work of his, they, as these glasses also do, are fitting of a certain pissed-off mood. I greatly appreciate that the designer has made these easily downloadable so you can make them yourself.

andrewharlow:

Fuck Everything, Ai Weiwei Glasses

Source: andrewharlow

Update on Ai Weiwei

I guess the title of this is misleading because there isn’t much of an update on what’s been going on with Ai Weiwei himself. There have been people trying to bring his detainment to more awareness.

  • Anish Kapoor, a sculptor, has dedicated his biggest artwork to Ai Weiwei. On Tuesday he called for museums and galleries worldwide to close for a day in sympathy for Ai Weiwei. 

"I’ve never met Ai Weiwei but he’s a colleague, an artist," said Kapoor. "In a very simple way he is heroically recording human existence. All he’s done is to record death by administration, death by corruption, inefficiency. I don’t even think he’s pointing that sharp a finger, frankly."It is more than a month that he’s been completely disappeared. It is a true tragedy. Accuse him of something. Give him a lawyer. Let him defend himself … The state is not threatened by artists.

(via http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/10/ai-weiwei-anish-kapoor-sculpture )

  • Tang Chin aka Tangerine set up a graffiti rally in Hong Kong and is now being investigated by a serious crimes squad. She faces up to ten years in prison. What for you may ask….because she sprayed graffiti that said “who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei?” and having sprayed pictures of him on buildings where graffiti already existed?! 

"I have to thank the police for drawing attention to this issue," she joked. In other words, she’s not afraid.

Read more: http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/05/05/writing-on-the-wall-hong-king-artists-campaign-for-ai-weiwei/#ixzz1M6cITv84

The Chinese government has still not allowed Weiwei to get in contact with anyone and will not release information about why he is detained. Some have said it’s because of taxes but nothing has been confirmed. So many people have been detained because China is worried about an eruption of Jasmine Rallies (like ones in the middle east). And so they detain and question anyone who is going against their government. Hopefully we hear about or from Ai Weiwei soon. 

Morning talk

During breakfast today I talked to my family about the Quran burning, the possibility of government shutdown, China detaining people, and many other topics. Yes, it was quite a long breakfast we had. Chai and pancakes keeps us at the table I guess? 

I was telling them about Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp and how their actions caused at least 30 deaths. My grandfather told me that situations like this would happen in India and Pakistan a lot. No wonder both countries still find it hard to get along! I told him that hate cannot be solved with more hate. If Jones moves forward with his organization, “Stand Up America,” we’re only going to see more attacks and deaths in return. This is a man who needs to be stopped as well as all the attention he’s getting from the media. He’s going to keep doing more if the cameras are on him. This may be a common thing in other countries, but we shouldn’t tolerate things. Once again I think we are moving in the wrong direction. I agree that America needs to “stand up,” but don’t relate that to Jones’ organization. We need to stand up and show love instead of hate. Show that we can unite and work together. 

With saying that our country needs to start doing that first. Our government might shutdown if they don’t agree upon what the spending cuts should be. Instead of thinking about a shutdown why can’t they focus that time and energy on coming up with a compromise?! Maybe I just don’t understand, but that makes more sense to me. 

I keep hearing and reading about “the tea-party types, democrats, republicans, ” seriously guys, drop the labels and start doing what our country needs. We don’t need parties; we need people who will do what is needed and best for our country done! Stop blaming and pointing fingers. Just like any company or job manager would tell you, “WORK TOGETHER!” Maybe I just haven’t read enough or understand enough and that’s why I think this way, who knows? 

So then there’s China detaining human-rights activists. This country’s government definitely does work together but not necessarily work together with/for their people. Recently Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist as well as an activist, and many other activists have been detained. When Weiwei was detained two years ago, he had to have two holes drilled in his brain to stop internal bleeding. Who knows what they are doing to him or the others now. Freedom of speech means something completely different in China. They can’t even tweet! With the recent events in Libya, Egypt, etc. China wants to make sure and send a message to their people that they won’t tolerate any liberal or reform-minded intellectuals. How can we help? Spread awareness. 

thedailywhat:

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: 53-year-old Ai Weiwei — an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and by all accounts China’s best-known artist (previously) — is missing and his whereabouts are unknown after he was detained by police at Beijing Capital International Airport.
In addition to his sudden disappearance, Ai’s studio in north Beijing was raided and over 30 computers were confiscated. Ai’s wife Lu Qing was also detained, but was released after questioning. “They asked me about Ai Weiwei’s work and the articles he posted online … I told them that everything that Ai did was very public, and if they wanted to know his opinions and work they could just look at the internet,” she told the Associated Press.
According to The Guardian, Beijing police claim they know nothing about Ai, and an airport police spokesman was similarly mum. Ai’s arrest is reportedly part of a wider government crackdown on dissidents in which several have been criminally detaining, arrested for incitement, or disappeared.
[bbc / guardian / wapo.]



China has been cracking down on anyone who in influential and free-thinking. They are detaining many who are pro-democracy.
Are they afraid that the Chinese people will start to rebel like other countries have been? Whatever it is I hope that Weiwei and others will be released and unharmed. 

thedailywhat:

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: 53-year-old Ai Weiwei — an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and by all accounts China’s best-known artist (previously) — is missing and his whereabouts are unknown after he was detained by police at Beijing Capital International Airport.

In addition to his sudden disappearance, Ai’s studio in north Beijing was raided and over 30 computers were confiscated. Ai’s wife Lu Qing was also detained, but was released after questioning. “They asked me about Ai Weiwei’s work and the articles he posted online … I told them that everything that Ai did was very public, and if they wanted to know his opinions and work they could just look at the internet,” she told the Associated Press.

According to The Guardian, Beijing police claim they know nothing about Ai, and an airport police spokesman was similarly mum. Ai’s arrest is reportedly part of a wider government crackdown on dissidents in which several have been criminally detaining, arrested for incitement, or disappeared.

[bbc / guardian / wapo.]

China has been cracking down on anyone who in influential and free-thinking. They are detaining many who are pro-democracy.

Are they afraid that the Chinese people will start to rebel like other countries have been? Whatever it is I hope that Weiwei and others will be released and unharmed. 

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