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By Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei

Manifestos and conceited proposals from China's most famed artist and activist, culled from his well known weblog, close down by means of chinese language gurus in 2009.

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And then there are the people who have never known the world of light and shadows, those people will never care whether there are electric lights or not. Those blind people exist quietly and peacefully on this earth. They’ll never know there that somewhere, someone has designed a special walkway just for them, in these blind walkways that stretch across every boulevard and alleyway of the city, connecting every road in China. They will also never know the obstacles or pitfalls that suffuse these paths.

There’s no shortage of blind people in this town: blinded because they were treated with faulty medicine, blinded from drinking fake alcohol,11 blinded from work-related injury; perhaps they fell ill and couldn’t cover the medical bills, or perhaps they even had some money, but ran across a quack doctor. And then there are the people who have never known the world of light and shadows, those people will never care whether there are electric lights or not. Those blind people exist quietly and peacefully on this earth.

People thirst for overnight riches, and they are always ready to reinvent themselves, to live in new homes, new neighborhoods, new cities. Desire has stirred this ancient culture from the dead and allowed it to live again, suggesting, moreover, the revolutionary potential for a completely new attitude toward the state of human existence. In nearly one hundred years of Chinese social practice, a variety of social ethics and aesthetic forms that employed traditional cultural forms as their foundation have been scarred and battered—nothing remains.

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