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Ai Weiwei – Without Fear or Favour

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Architect, photographer, curator and blogger, Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. As Ai Weiwei’s latest work is unveiled in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, Alan Yentob reveals how this most courageous and determined of artists continues to fight for artistic freedom of expression while living under the restrictive shadows of authoritarian rule.

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Imagine – live chat with Ai Weiwei and Alan Yentob
(11/16/2010)
Tuesday November 16, 2010

Graham, Imagine Producer: Hello, Welcome to this BBC Imagine live chat with Ai WeiWei and Alan Yentob.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:19

Graham, Imagine Producer: Alan and Weiwei will be live from 23:40 to answer as many of your questions as possible. (We’re starting a little later than advertised due to the programme running late on BBC One)
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:21

Graham, Imagine Producer: You can ask a question by typing in the chat box on the imagine webpage…
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:22

Graham, Imagine Producer: …or by using #bbcimagine on twitter. Remember though, you will only see the answers at http://bbc.in/cJMBfH
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:22

Graham, Imagine Producer: Alan and Weiwei will be live from 23:40 to answer as many of your questions as possible.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:29

Graham, Imagine Producer: Hello, Welcome to this BBC Imagine live chat with Ai WeiWei and Alan Yentob.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:32

Graham, Imagine Producer: Thanks for your questions, keep them coming. We’ll be starting around 23:40 after the programme.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:33

Graham, Imagine Producer: Hello, Welcome to this BBC Imagine live chat with Ai WeiWei and Alan Yentob.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:35
Comment From DOV
Dear Ai WeiWei, As a contemporary artist what do you think about old European art/paintings? Did you ever visit Dulwich Picture Gallery in South-East London? If so what did you think?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:36

Ai Weiwei: All artists like Warhol, Beuys and Duchamp are great communicators. If you see the works of the renaissance you can see it was a cultural phenomenon that connects with ordinary people.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:39

Ai Weiwei: In London there are two or three galleries that I intend to work with, I also have a show in China in March.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:40
Comment From Scott Crane Taplow
What pushes you, artistically and what do you hope to be remembered for.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:40

Ai Weiwei: If I see the people everywhere in the developed and developing world dealing with the beauty and the fear and imagination. I would like to be remembered as one of these people and for people to see it in my art.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:42
Comment From Steven
Can I ask what will happen to the 100 million Sunflower Seeds?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:42

Ai Weiwei: After the exhibition the majority of the seeds will stay together as one work. And the work will travel and eventually return to China.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:44
Comment From Rachel
Hello, how did you feel when people were playing with the seeds?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:44

Ai Weiwei: I love art to be about a sense of touching. I think your senses are very unique. The work is made by thousands of hands over thousands of hours.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:45
Comment From Adam Easton
Have you ever designed or been asked to design buildings in the UK
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:45

Ai Weiwei: No, I’m not that popular yet!
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:45
Comment From Ben Iland
Do you think it is important to keep real issues and ideas alive in art?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:46

Ai Weiwei: I think it is very important to have a spirit in your life’s condition. We come into this life not as artists but as people who want to understand the condition of our lives.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:47
Comment From Pete.Watson
I think you artwork and courage to speak out is very inspiring..Keep it up!
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:47
Comment From Guest
Wow… inspiring programme and a great twist on political activism. I will be in China in December and would love to see some more of your work Ai Wei Wei. Is that possible?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:47
Comment From Maxim
Congratulations on an excellent programme.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:48
Comment From Joan M
How do you feel that the Tate stopped letting people be with the sunflower seeds “for health and safety reasons”?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:48

Ai Weiwei: The Tate and I are still trying to find a way to make it possible for everyone to enjoy the work.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:49
Comment From alison
what was the impact on the village once the seeds were all made…. what happened to them all work wise?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:49

Ai Weiwei: First they liked to all be working very a very small business. They didn’t understand how big it was going to be. I have shown some of them how big it has been and they are all very impressed!
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:51
Comment From Alan
Are you a capitalist?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:51

Ai Weiwei: Ha ha! I should say i am not. I think i am, more, an individualist. Every human being is a world.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:52
Comment From Tricia Bratton
What is the general feeling of young people today? do they know about Tiananmen square? is there any kind of organized resistancemovement at present?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:52

Ai Weiwei: I think through a very sucessfull firewall installed in China that very few people here know a lot about these things. But you see in their lives and in the eyes that their world
s are growing all the time because of the internet.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:54
Comment From Zak Egginton
Hello Ai WeiWei what’s your view on vegetarianism and I love the sunflower seed installation at Tate, however are you upset that hundreds, possibly thousands have been robbed?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:54

Ai Weiwei: I am an animal lover but i am not a vegetarian. I admire young people who are more conscious and believe in these things
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:55
Comment From Dawn
What is your next major project?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:55

Ai Weiwei: I have three projects coming. One is my building is being taken down in Shanghai and i am going to document it. This is happening soon. I want to make a documentary of this process. This is just one artist trying to find a way to illustrate what kind of a world we are in.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:57
Comment From Julia
Which emotion do you feel most about China?
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:58

Ai Weiwei: China is a large nation with a large population and a long history. I feel i have unfinished business here. There’s a continuity of my father’s generation and earlier and there is so much i can do here and so much i have to do here.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 11:59
Wednesday November 17, 2010

Ai Weiwei: I think a change will benefit everybody and they can live in a world without fear.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:00

Graham, Imagine Producer: Alan asks, do you think that can happen?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:00

Ai Weiwei: Yes, it happens in front of us everyday and especially if everyone makes a little effort.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:01
Comment From radu
What do you prefer in your dim sum?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:02

Ai Weiwei: I like everything, there’s so much variety i like to try everything.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:02
Comment From Guest
What can ordinary people in the UK/west do to help political change in china?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:03

Ai Weiwei: I think that everybody everywhere if they believe in dignity and basics rights of the individual and are trying to protect those rights that will help everyone.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:04
Comment From Julian Mathias
Excellent programme – are you influenced by Chinese thinkers such as Confucious ,Lao Tzu or Bodhidharma ?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:05

Ai Weiwei: Well, it’s part of Chinese-ness and though i hate many ideas presented by Confuscious i am also influenced.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:05
Comment From maria santamaria
Is documenting as important or more important than making?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:06

Graham, Imagine Producer: Just time for a few more questions keep them coming.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:07

Ai Weiwei: I think documenting is part of the making and can sometimes be more important than making. Documenting is a way of understanding ourselves.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:07
Comment From rob
can art change the world?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:07

Ai Weiwei: I think every effort we make can change ourselves and when we change the world changes.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:08
Comment From David
The pots that you cover in paint and the tables that you rework into new shapes, are these all original antique items or are they reproductions?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:08

Ai Weiwei: They are original antique artworks.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:08
Comment From Jon
Are you a perfectionist?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:09

Ai Weiwei: I’m a perfectionist in understanding that life is so precious and a miracle but in reality i think we have to deal with any conditions that life puts to us.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:10
Comment From Rui Carvalho da Silva
Will we ever have a digital work, by you, to download on the BBC website?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:10

Ai Weiwei: Ok, i would like to do that sometime.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:11
Comment From Freda
Is it harder being an artist or an activist?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:11

Ai Weiwei: It’s harder to be both.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:11
Comment From sam
do you have any feeling for sound art ? as art its selfe i find is based on ones feeling , space and your own time life (not life time )
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:12

Ai Weiwei: Yes, i want to do some sound work with the Tate show and that is in tender process now.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:12
Comment From Du Kairong
Your books reflected that life is black, white and grey. Did anything positive at all come from the Cultural Revolution?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:13

Ai Weiwei: Em, yes the possibility we can see how crazy or mad a society can be under oppressive government with out democracy.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:14
Comment From paul
Joe Strummer of the Clash said “all the power in the hands of the people rich enough to buy it”. Does that statement apply in China?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:14

Ai Weiwei: Yeah i think it is.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:15
Comment From graham
hi, how do you feel about consumerism and its effect on humanity?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:15

Ai Weiwei: It’s very powerful, it is at the heart of capitalism and we are dealing with human desire but it can lead to nowhere
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:16

Graham, Imagine Producer: Alan asks, when you were in America did you find parts of capitalism that appealed to you?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:17

Ai Weiwei: Yes, but also now. I think these kinds of freedoms in capitalism can lead to culture becoming a product of commercialism.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:17
Comment From Sue Gregory
How did your father feel about your art?
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:18

Graham, Imagine Producer: Sorry this is the last quiestion!
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:18

Ai Weiwei: I think my father never really commented on my work or my art. He had a very high standard and i feel sorry he cannot see what i am doing today and it will always be on my mind as a question.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:19

Ai Weiwei: I want to say goodbye and that i love everyone in the UK and i owe them all so much. Goodbye.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:20

Graham, Imagine Producer: Ok thanks everyone. Sorry if we didn’t get to you.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:20

Graham, Imagine Producer: Let’s all go watch the programme again on iPlayer!
Bye.
Wednesday November 17, 2010 12:21

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