Ai Weiwei (艾未未): Commemoration (念)
Ai Weiwei’s latest performance piece is a three hour and forty minute recording of the reading the names of all 5206 children who died in the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan:
If the embedded video does not work, it can be heard here.
All the children’s names are listed here.
“Reading”, posted to the web in the form of a three-and-a-half-hour-long MP3, is a recording of netizen volunteers reading the names of every single student who died in a school in the Sichuan earthquake1.
Ai posted the recording with the following message:
“Presenting to friends a work that shows the voice of the students killed in the Sichuan earthquake: “Missing”. It represents the memory of the lives that have been lost and the anger at the covering-up of the tofu-buildings2. Respect life, refuse to forget.”
Ai Weiwei also has being using Twitter to re-publisize names of students died in the collapsed schools in the Sichuan earthquake. The following screenshot is from blogger ijay: