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Ai Weiwei

Posted: May 22, 2014 in Quotes


People have too many fantasies about what art is about. Art is about ideas, about decisions, about expression and about communication.

All media is educational media.

The only question is : What is it teaching?

”The problem is that contemporary capitalism can’t be altered by changing the laws. Only by changing things like our expectations or our ways of living in the city can we erode the power of capital.”



‘ The techniques of subversion have been quite efficient in ‘revealing’ the true nature of financial capitalism, but consciousness of what is real is not class consciousness. It isn’t enough to only see the danger – you also need to be able to escape it or to dispel it.’   Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi


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”Art has always been useful, even when it insists it is not. Art has valorised wealth, art has set ideals for racial, class and gender superiority, and art has even created an escape from politics. What we are asking for is art to be self-consciously useful for social change.”


”We live under capitalism so there is nothing that you or I do that is not influenced by capitalism: from how we think about our art to the way we brush out teeth. There is no outside; no autonomous realm. But we can be conscious of this fact and from within this space and within these confines use our art to reflect back – in the long-standing artistic tradition of mimesis – upon capitalism. We can also do something even more important: use our creativity to imagine something, someplace different: utopia. These utopias are, as the Greek roots of the word suggests, no-place. They are fictions only imagined within and through our current situation, yet they can give us a direction and a path out of the present and into a new, and as of yet nonsensical, future. Art, at its best, has always done this”



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”The question is useful for whom? The art scene as a playground for the wealthy is an especially decadent aspect of America’s decline. I think art has more purpose than just entertainment. It has a social responsibility to be an uncorrupted voice, giving the truth a form everyone can understand.”

”The special thing about real art is that it is independent of the economic system. That makes art predestined to represent an objective view. That is the true value of art, not some fantasy market value. The value of art is the contribution it makes to understanding reality. To fulfill this function it cannot be compromised by ideologies or special interests. The only interest real art serves is the interest of life itself.”

”For me, real cultural production is the result of the artist’s interaction with social reality. Real art is the communication of emotional information that is meaningful to people in general and not just a commodity for a few wealthy collectors.

Real art cannot serve capitalist interests. It is a revolutionary medium that can help us realize a better future.


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“Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions, and buy records by the billions. ‘We the people’ affect the making and quality of most of our culture, but not our art”

“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages”


“I used to tell everyone I met to be an artist….. I don’t do that any more.”


“I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I’m not sure I like it enough.

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Quotes

Cheap Art Manifesto

Art should be cheap, free, accessible to everyone. Regardless their income or social class.

But Art should remain expensive in quality, able to enrich people not transform them into a mass.

FIRST OF ALL, we think the world must be changed.

We want the most liberating change of the society and life in which we find ourselves confined.

We know that such a change is possible through appropriate actions.