Ai Weiwei's Blog:
Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 (Writing Art)
by Ai Weiwei
translation by Lee Ambrozy
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Ai Weiwei claims that he had only the faintest sense of what the Internet was when he began blogging in 2005. The Chinese artist, then famous for collaborating on the design for Beijing's Olympic stadium, had been invited to participate in a series of celebrity blogs hosted by sina.com, the mainland's largest Web portal. He became instantly obsessed with the possibilities of social media, blogging for hours each day. Over the ensuing three and a half years, he wrote more than twenty-seven hundred posts on everything from French footballer Zinedine Zidane to the architecture of Atlantic City to the election of Barack Obama. But one subject dominated Ai's digital writings: the social, political, and spiritual tumult that has attended China's economic rise.
Chinese authorities closed Ai's blog in June 2009. Now,
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