|"Formless Old Beijing Man," Alessandro Rolandi|
German philosopher (1844 - 1900)
I heard around that some artists have gone to their hometowns, out of Beijing for a while, or are traveling south and west. They don´t want to come back before autumn.
The artists, however, stay calm.
An Age of Enlightenment?
|Untitled by Alessandro Rolandi|
The type of control and propaganda are different, in different countries, yet it´s possible that they could end up having similar outcomes in terms of censorship, economic priorities and the practical effects these have on people´s lives in all fields, including freedom of expression.
United States and China--abstract concepts
|"Bread Tree" by Alessandro Rolandi|
|"Post It," wall-writing and lights, Alessandro Rolandi, Beijing 18 April 2011|
Also,the way President Obama was treated during his last visit, when he was prevented from giving a lecture and meeting students and the public.
I sincerely hope this current war of words will not go too far because the feeling is that nobody will back down.
Hillary Clinton just visited Beijing with a special delegation to specifically discuss the human rights issue.
Now America and China getting together discussing human rights really sounds a bit like a joke although it is important that at least this happens.
Future of contemporary Chinese art at stake
|Ai Weiwei in Turbine Room, Tate Modern|
So what kind of experimental theatre will these theatres host?
Mind your own business, not politics
|Mao Tse Tung|
Yet his message is in the air already.
He gave voice of the silent frustrastion underneath the surface of Chinese society, and he anticipated the worries of those Chinese experts whose projections say that in 10 years, China will have to deal with a major political change.
A young, educated Chinese said he and his friends are angry about the Weiwei debate. Some almost showed contempt for it.
My friend also said we need to take into account the fact that Chinese people, when asked about this by westerners, tend to become suspicious and feel vulnerable.
Nobody knows what will happen, but as some sort of multi-layer coincidence, rumors indicate Ai Weiwei will probably be charged with economic crimes, the most common charge when it comes to power games.
|"Resting on a Cloud," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2010)|