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““You explain to someone you are going to make a big war picture, everybody understands what that is. But if you say ‘I’m going to tell this story of girls growing into womanhood and their struggles and joys,’ they think it’s small. That’s the thing we wanted to explode, because to us it’s not small. It’s our lives—and the lives of men as well.””
— Greta Gerwig
Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays calling it ‘bone music’. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen.
Yaar | ﮼يار | यार
- Yaar; a soft word that overflows with emotion as though it is a verbal feeling, defined as “beloved friend”. Of Hindustani/ Pakistani origins, this term can be used to kindly address a general friend/pal, as well as a soulmate, very close companion or even lover, depending on how and who it is said to. Spoken from one heart to the next, Yaar travelled to the Persian, Dari, Uzbek, Azerbaijani, Armenian and Turkish vocabulary. Astonishing how one word comprises various levels of friendship, love, and connection, and is used passionately across nations.
Ai Weiwei, “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,” 1995
An astonishingly irreverent piece of work. This triptych features the artist dropping a Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) in three photographs.
When questioned about the work, he suggested that the piece was about industry: “[The urn] was industry then and is industry now.” His statement, therefore, was that the urn was just a cheap pot two thousand years ago, and the reverence we feel toward it is artificial. One critic wrote: “In other words, for all the aura of preciousness acquired by the accretion of time (and skillful marketing), this vessel is the Iron Age equivalent of a flower pot from K-Mart and if one were to smash the latter a few millennia from now, would it be an occasion for tears?”
However, the not-so-subtle political undertone is clear. This piece was about destroying the notion that everything that is old is good…including the traditions and cultures of China. For Ai Weiwei, this triptych represents a moment in which culture suddenly shifts (sometimes violently), shattering the old and outdated to make room for the new.