Posts Tagged ‘new yorker’

Video from The New Yorker: Ai Weiwei’s Life as Art

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

New Yorker Magazine’s China correspondent Evan Osnos has a feature article in the newest issue on Ai Weiwei, exploring the phenomenon and implications of Ai’s evolving role as artist, activist and iconoclast. On his blog, Osnos offers the following abstract:

[Ai’s] cultural and political footprint is unique in a country where people generally face a choice between thriving within the confines of the system or shouting from the shadows outside it. For the moment, he is attempting to do both, and nobody is at all sure where that leads.

Osnos goes on to introduce a video clip related to his article, which is viewable below.

Alison Klayman, a Beijing-based filmmaker, has been following Ai for months, both at Ai’s studio in Beijing and on his constant travels. (Her documentary about Ai’s life and work is scheduled for release next year.) As depicted in this video, and explored in the magazine, Ai visited a police station in April in order to file an official complaint about being beaten by local police last year. The police officers he encounters become the unwitting participants in a work of art that is Ai’s life itself.

Jia Zhangke profiled in The New Yorker

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

In a sure sign that Chinese independent cinema is breaking into the American mainstream, The New Yorker has devoted a feature article to Jia Zhangke, written by Evan Osnos. The article is only available in print – though I will post choice passages once I have a chance to read it. In the meantime, enjoy this video essay produced by The New Yorker that summarizes Jia’s film artistry.

The New Yorker blog also posted a list of books, articles and other helpful resources – impressive but by no means comprehensive. Feel free to leave your own recommendations as well as your impressions of the feature article on Jia in the comments.