Friday, July 29, 2016

the mistake

hello from sunny hot Greece
I had to turn a video of mine showing on you tube channel  private, since I thought that it was probably a mistake to put it up public,  since it's content  was vaguely  inappropriate  or completely inappropriate? (depending on the viewer ), for people to watch
After what has been  said, if someone still wants to watch it,  may email me and I will send them the link.
thank you for your understanding
Have lovely day

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The questionnaire


It has to be defined  from the start that any ressemblance to the well known artist Ai Wei Wei is totally coincidental.
The persona  created for this interview,  is Mr.  Wej Wej and is a totally fictional character.
This interview is a number of questions unanswered which will make the reader or viewer wonder and  maybe also think what he likes, so its really a kind of game . while wondering about serious otherwise issues that are happening around and in our lives at the moment.
So, let us begin
.. Mr.   Wej Wej

1. How come you are so interested  in the refugees  in Greece  How about the floods in your own country? Aren't they inspiring  to you? And do you believe that dramatic events should be used by artists and how?

2. To your understanding, since you are Chinese,  what drove those countries  toward western  Europe and not toward China? Since the maps show a distance..if not .. similar yet not totally irrelevant ?

Is western capitalism safer that eastern  chinese communism?

3.  You said you don't care about aesthetics,  but the lotus flowers on the water at an old European  palace  have a fling toward beauty,  it looks like aesthetics have won you after all,  as for the construction it looks like the life jackets are well handled  so you beautify a horrible event and make sure you make solid a fragile  dramatic  experience that these people the refugees had?   You seem to have forgotten in  the process the element of pain,  its like you left it behind!, or used the shells of life jackets leaving the 'snails refugees to their fate.

The wrapped up ancient looking columns  again in Europe are better,  they are awful looking enough,  hopefully it was your intention  yet that is doubtful.
My personal struggle around the aesthetics of art on my website....
Commenting on 5a and  5b.

4. And now, if you allow me,  I feel the need to ask you something  more personal.
I read that you said in a real enough for me interview that it shouldn't matter to an artist whether he is successful or not, whether he makes money or not,  that this fact has nothing to do with the art itself,  and I feel relief and joy from that cause personally I never made a dime.
So what I understand,  the issue of money and success is only  about systems,
So the question is,  what happened and you found yourself in a stream of a system?
And how did you allow yourself to do it,  since you also carry a certain ideology, unless it is a system matching your activist's ideology but still bringing you money and fame.
Seems like you have found the perfect  combination!

5. Mr.  Wej Wej,  I hear you keep saying that except of only  an artist, you are also an activist.
can you define the term,  what in your knowledge  and experience is actually an activist?
is it someone  who initiates actions in order to help people in suffering conditions,  usually through the misdeed of others?
or do you believe that the word activist holds a different or further meaning than the one described in the Merriam Webster dictionary?
So. I will give briefly the definition of activism given by the  Webster and then you may tell us what you need  to add.
... ' a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue'..
needless  to say that you are applying your activism on the side of the claims of the refugees to be allowed  to make their  way to Europe, right?

6. And this brings me to the next question I would like to pose to you:
which of your actions so far,  (to your understanding),  show an activism from your part?

7. I have tackled the issue of activism  in  a way that also the viewers may  give it some thought and even (why not),  explore the subject and see  where they stand for themselves.

 For instance,  me,  I am an artist as I have declared  through  'commenting  on' or my website,  but what I have never said was how much of an activist I am
I feel I am an activist, but up to now I haven't done something to show to the world as my work of activism,  other than once giving a work of mine to people,  allowing them to express themselves  by  painting on its surfaces, then I was devastated cause the paint wasn't exactly washable by water as I was reassured. Also I give  ten euros a month to Greenpeace without always following what they are doing,  but yet  I am always interested.
  I am going now to my island of origin, Lesvos where the refugees  that survive the sea journey from Turnkey  show up and I thought it would be good to get encouraged by another activist -artist,  inspired and even guided in a sense, and then once I am there,  maybe I will figure out what  to do or maybe I will do nothing. I hope your answers to my questions will help me.

Please let me now ask you a subquestion:
Is it  considered activiism the  giving away of  clothes to people in  need through a church for instance,  and if yes what is the difference between your activism and that simple gesture?

So I think now it is time to move on and throw some light on the you as an artist.

7a .. here I have two questions for you the one is again concerning your activism but in relation to your art,  does your activism go first,  takes you where you see  suffering  and  injustice,  and then  you happen to also make  some art on the side, ,  since you cant  stop youtself,  (you  are an artist after all), or is it the other way around,?
you just go where your intuition tells you to and if some activism is required you might find you self throwing in some paintstrokes of that too, ?
there could also be that your activism and art go hand in hand whatever the consequences of that would be

7b .and the second question is,  does the criticism you received in Europe about what you did with  your art inspired by and using what you found in the front line where you went,  concerning the problem of refugees,  does that criticism made you regret where your art led you,  and  making it more general,
does  critisism of any kind affect your art?
and if not,  how do you manage to overcome an issue like that? please I need  you to answer that for the sake also of our viewers  artists having similar problems.

I won't go into  me criticizing the art you produced cause that is not what I do,  except I may say it reminded me of Christo 's recent work in Italy,  'walking piers',  only in a smaller scale and less useful. On the Christo project people walked on the floating corridor and an island was connected to the shore,  while yours was just beautiful to watch and I have some doubts about the quality of beauty involved here.

maybe that's exactly your message,  that beauty looked from afar (lotus flowers shapes on water,  but if you go closer there is suffering misery life risking (element of life j├áckets).

So,  to complete this interview  I will show two  pictures of you,
one when  I first mett you long ago

And the other is more recent

and also I would like to ask you to stand here so we .can have a picture together

only one more thing
what's going to be your next project?

wrapping the emperor s palace in Japan with radioactive materials from the accident in the nuclear energy producing factory years ago,  or  some project in space? or an activist action on the cinic  wall?

thank you for your time and I hope our readers or viewers will have enough material to stir up their thoughts.

The interview will be live shortly as "commenting on 6" on my website


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