Ai Weiwei - Bang (2013)
“The three-legged stools hanging every which way in Weiwei’s Bang are from an era of craftsmanship that has since been eclipsed by the modern industrial age. Once made by hand from wood, the stools have stood the test of time and were handed down from one generation to the next. These stools were used by countless family members in domestic situations; they lasted for centuries and were not simply discarded due to shifts in fashion and cultural trends.
Bang criticizes modern throw-away culture, which has replaced artisans and craftsman with industry and factories. Hand carved wood has been replaced by disposable plastic and aluminum. Weiwei arranged the handmade stools in chaotic bursts and arcs as a metaphor for the industrial world that has spiraled out of control as industry and technology develop at incredible rates.”
Sophia Loren photographed by Wallace Seawell, 1959
Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.