The MaD Team just came back from a trip to Guangzhou. On the day when AI Weiwei disappeared, we learnt that a secretly recorded talk by him was shown at TED this year. After a long discussion on China’s current situation, we witnessed how the TV screen went blank when the news of AI’s detainment came up on CNN.
When Chris ANDERSON, curator of TED, introduced AI, he said:
“TED is a non-partisan organization. We have no formal stance for or against the Chinese government. We’ve had plenty of talks here in the past celebrating the astonishing things happening in China, including the largest escape from poverty of more people than any other time in human history. But we are proud to present the personal statement of a courageous artist.”
“What we can do as individuals is to use the internet and new technology to communicate with young people and to have much broader discussions… to make the change because it will come.” – AI Weiwei