Ai Weiwei’s audio project

Ai Weiwei has released an audio track – a 40 minute tribute to 5,196 students lost in the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. The Chinese government was heavily criticized for its lack of care for poor quality buildings that led to such an immense death toll – close to 69,000. Though the cause of the catastrophe was an earthquake and not necessarily war-related, I think that this audio track is a visceral and raw memorial that’s of an audible nature rather than physical form. This is interesting in terms of how listeners may interact with the piece as opposed to going somewhere to see it.

Check out the article and audio track:




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