Ai Weiwei – The In-itself to become the other

Ai Weiwei & Serge Spitzer. Ghost Valley Coming Down the Mountain. 2005-06.
Ai Weiwei & Serge Spitzer. Ghost Valley Coming Down the Mountain. 2005-06.

The In-Itself to become the Other

Ai Weiwei plays with spatial specificity in this postminimalistic conceptual installation. The repetition of forms, especially of a traditional Chinese art form, the porcelain urn, lends itself well to the calm and order of Taoist and perhaps Zen philosophical influence.  An appropriation of a cultural artistic icon, a metamorphosis into a contemporary art form, simultaneously devalueing the in-itself to become the other whilst amplifying the nature of the in-itself through repetition.

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