Chinese contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei's 'Bang' installation at Venice Art Biennale 2013. Weiwei contributed an installation consisting of 886 wooden antique stools called Bang. For centuries in Chinese culture, it was common for families to have at least one of these handcrafted 3-leg stools that were used within the house and was often passed down through each generation. Each of the wooden 3-legged stools were manufactured in a uniform way and used amongst all sectors of society for centuries. However, following the cultural revolution and rapid pace of the countries development, the production of simple objects dropped and metal & plastics became the standard materials for furniture construction. Weiwei salvaged hundreds of these rare and hard to find stools and has installed an expansive rhizomatic structure which speaks of the increasing volumes of organisms in our world’s megacities in the German Pavilion. The single stool can be interpreted as a metaphor for the individual, and its relation to an overarching and excessive system in a postmodern world which is developing faster than it can keep up with.
Installation Title: Bang, 2013
Artist: Ai Weiwei
Credit: Design Boom, Colossal, Ignorant
Photography: Roman Mensing, Design Boom
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