Ai Weiwei inspires Weiss

I’m hoping to see the Ai Weiwei show at Alcatraz, meanwhile I am reflagging here something I wrote about the Ai Weiwei documentary “Never Sorry” back in 2012. I cannot quite recall what I meant by imagining an oblique set of derivative works that read “SO SO RRR” other than “r r r” I sometimes use for laughter and I do notice typography.

Svayambh-PA, or New Residentialist Platform(NRP)

I saw the documentary film about the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, “Never Sorry” and it put me off the fence for good on whether or not to run for Palo Alto City Council. Ai Weiwei was imprisoned by his government most believe because he criticized the government’s role in the death of more than 5,000 schoolchildren in a 2009 earthquake in Sichuan. He claims that “tofu” construction — he means shoddy or subpar — in a government sponsored infrastructure was at fault for all the deaths. Part of his reaction was an art installation in Germany with 9,000 backpacks installed on the wall of a museum there.

He has an uncanny and unique ability to blend creativity and social activism. Although it would be extreme to compare China nationalist government either to our challenges nationally or locally, I definitely believe and have stated in various forums that maybe…

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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