Posts Tagged ‘dialogue’

DIALOG – 张致臻

十一月 20, 2019

Zhang Zhizhen

Magst du Rock ‘n‘ Roll?
Welche Rock-Gruppe magst du?
Die B’z!
Was bringt dir das?
Ich bin ein wahrer Fan, geh mit meinem Idol ans Ende der Welt!
Trenn dich von ihnen!
Ich mag auch die B’z!
Du nimmst mir mein Ende der Welt!

Übersetzt von MW im November 2019








十一月 19, 2019

Bai Diu

Ich trage die Zeichenmappe meines Kindes,
sag zum Sicherheitsmann: „Zeichenbrett, brauchen Sie nicht kontrollieren.“
„Wie soll ich denn wissen, was Sie zeichnen?“
Ich nehm das Reißbrett heraus, zeig ihm eine Seite,
„Schauen Sie, noch gar nichts gezeichnet, weißes Papier.“
„Ich meine, ich weiß nicht, was Sie in der Tasche haben.“
„Papier. Blankes Papier. Weiß.“

2019-07-06 in Shanghai, Metro Linie 2
Übersetzt von MW im November 2019




十二月 18, 2016



warum oder worum
geht es im leben
geht es nicht im leben

MW Dezember 2016




du hast mir ein gedicht geschenkt
mit deiner antwort

entschuldigung! das wollte ich nicht

MW Dezember 2016




was sagst du, das ist ein aphorismus?
ich hasse aphorismen.
leute die aphorismen lesen sind weicheier
die keine gedichte aushalten.

MW Dezember 2016




heute geht es wieder im dünnschiss dahin
mit deinen gedichten
sagst du auf chinesisch

MW Dezember 2016

Ai Weiwei in Canada, … almost

八月 12, 2013

The Globe and Mail article quoted by Paul Manfredi is well informed and sympathetic. But it doesn’t spell out any concrete reasons for Ai Weiwei’s singular status. Ai Weiwei’s status, even after his imprisonment, is that of a “princeling”. It seems to be easier to get rid of Bo Xilai. Bo’s father was one of the “eight immortals” of the Communist Party. Ai Weiwei’s father Ai Qing was a persecuted Communist writer, persecuted under Communist rule since the 1940s. Persecuted before, that’s where he got his name. Most of his colleagues denounced each other. Among famous writers, few seem to have been as obstinate as Ai Qing. He was banished to an army town in Xinjiang, a huge city today. There he cleaned toilets, together with little Weiwei. But after Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1978, Ai Qing became an icon. Unlike Bo Xilai and his henchmen, Ai Weiwei did not build labor camps and organ-harvested Falungong-followers. Before he was arrested, Global Times had published many sympathetic articles about his civil rights activism. And even after his abduction and imprisonment at an unknown location, Ai Weiwei gets to keep his comparatively huge house and grounds and most of his fortune. If he was persecuted too much, the main reason for Ai Weiwei’s status would come out too clearly: It would be awkward to discuss his father’s fate in detail. Cultural policy since the 1940s is no secret to anybody in and around the arts in China. But still. Maybe it would come out too clearly how control over art and literature and everything connected to culture was deemed even more important than in other Socialist countries. How idealism had been betrayed again and again, most effectively with broad domestic and international participation in economic growth after 1989. Ai Weiwei is very different from his father Ai Qing in many aspects, as well from his older brother Ai Xuan, who is also a well-known artist in China. But like his father, Ai Weiwei remains an icon of idealism. It would be awkward and politically dangerous to challenge such icons too much and thus revive ideals in a big way.

The Globe and Mail article quoted by Paul Manfredi gives convincing evidence of Ai Weiwei’s civil disobedience and civil rights engagement. Another good recent piece on Ai Weiwei, his imprisonment in 2011 and comparable phenomena elsewhere around the world is a TED-talk by An Xiao Mina.

Ai Weiwei wrote an indignant indictment of the US behaviour in the Snowden case in The Guardian back in June. That was before the plane carrying Bolivia’s president was refused airspace by France, Spain and Italy on US orders on July 3.

China Avantgarde: Paul Manfredi's occasional notes on Chinese art and literature


I have just discovered, courtesy of the Real Clear Arts, that Ai Weiwei will take questions from attendees of his Ontario exhibition “According to What?” in online chat format.

This exhibition began in 2009 in Mori, Japan. It was reprised this year, starting at the Hirshhorn museum, moving to Indianapolis, stopping now in Ontario en route to Miami and finally Brooklyn.

One wonders how the curators plan to approach this chat experience. Will they be moderating, perhaps even reviewing questions in advance? If so, will they be editing out overtly political content? If not, could this turn into a no-holds-barred discussion of Chinese authoritarianism, political corruption, and all other manner of potentially seditious talk? Obviously, Ai may choose not to answer if he feels line of questioning veering into unsafe territory. But from what we’ve seen of Ai already, self preservation is not the highest…

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