Wandering China

An East/West pulse of China's fourth rise from down under.

草泥马style by Ai Weiwei [Youtube]


In China today, the problem ultimately, culturally, for people that are involved in the arts – whether it’s music or filmmaking – is that if you do anything that is truly radical that is making people uncomfortable, then there are so many points when the system will intervene. Evan Osnos on CNN GPS

At a time Fareed Zakaria and Evan Osnos are dicussing why Why China can’t do Gangnam Style (CNN GPS, October 25, 2012), fancy a Chinese dissident artist joining in the simulacra dance with an dance assault on central authority? The subversive Ai Weiwei interprets the Gangnam Style dance if you have 4 min 15 seconds to spare. Remixed as Cao Ni Ma style 草泥马, this play on Chinese tonality prompts a negotiated reading depending on your cultural lens- grass mud horse or fornicate with your mother (literally… up yours) style.

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