Possible sound project – Ai Weiwei

This is just an initial thought – I’ll put it out there to see if anyone is interested in collaborating & developing it further.

I started thinking about the recent detention and censorship of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – as well as the campaign to seek his freedom and some of the creative responses in support:

http://www.artpractical.com/feature/secondary_protest_strategies_for_ai_weiwei/

http://hyperallergic.com/22926/nyc-ai-protest/

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12166/remembering_in_an_age_of_forgetting/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/21/ai-weiwei-porn-investigation-naked

My thought was to try to disrupt the social media gagging order placed on Ai by using his words (found recordings of interviews etc) and tactically placing them (using social media tools) inside locations that are representative of the regime and where any form of visual or physical protest wouldn’t be tolerated.

There are numerous locative sound apps – such as Audioboo – that allow sounds to be tagged to a specific place so my idea was to use one of these platform to ‘smuggle’ these recordings into places (e.g. The Chinese Embassy or Tianenmen Square) that could then be accessed by smartphone users to perform small acts of protest (i.e. listening to his words in that space).

 

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3 Comments on “Possible sound project – Ai Weiwei”

  1. February 15, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Steve,

    This project sounds very interesting and I would love to get on board. Let me know any additional ideas you have and if you would like to meet up to discuss further. You can email me at ard1984@gmail.com. –Aaron

  2. miranda shafer
    February 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Yes. This sounds like a fascinating idea. Let me know if I can help. mirandashafer@gmail.com

  3. February 24, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I would like to hear more about this project.

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