Internet best gift to China says artist and social activist Ai Weiwei

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Following on from our exciting on-the-ground report of Chinese artist and social critic Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio party, we post excerpts from an article published by MutualArt.com in which Ai claims “the Internet will bring [the Chinese government] to an end.” Ai Weiwei served up 10,000 local river crabs at the party, a mocking reference to the word for censorship used by China’s administration.

Kitchen-hands serve up appetizers at Ai Weiwei's studio party, an activist event held early in November this year. Image courtesy of Rachel Marsden.

Kitchen-hands serve up appetizers at Ai Weiwei's studio party, an activist event held early in November this year. Image courtesy of Rachel Marsden.

Read our original report on Ai Weiwei’s studio party, held in Shanghai while he was under house arrest in Beijing.

“The Internet is the best gift to China,” he is quoted by MutualArt.com as saying. “This kind of technology will end this kind of dictatorship.” Ai Weiwei was able to regularly update his Twitter account while under house arrest.

The article discloses the artist’s strong views of the current Chinese political system, said in a phone conversation with news agency AFP:

“This society is not efficient, it’s inhuman in many ways politically…. The government, the whole system… sacrifices education, environmental resources and most people’s interests just to make a few people become extremely rich only because they are associated with the government…. This cannot last too long…. This society basically has no creativity. It’s just cheap labour and very police-controlled. How long can that last?”

Click here to read the full article by MutualArt.com.

Ai Weiwei was released from his two-day house arrest on the night of Sunday 8 November.

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