Eight Honors and Eight Shames
in light of the arrest of artist Ai Weiwei, by the government of the People's Republic of China
For this installation, the audience is presented with a wall of text depicting General Secretary Hu Jintao's set of moral concepts for the ideal Chinese citizen and the equivalent English translation. The decree features lines such as:
Serve the people, never betray them and Be united, help each other.
Adjacent to the text, one comes upon a score, intended to be performed by the audience, which asks willing participants to take a photograph of themselves (à la Weiwei) giving these codes a rude, one-finger gesture and later share the image with me through email.