“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 Hand carved wood has been replaced by disposable plastic and aluminum.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.”
“A document of the famous ‘Fastnacht Festival’, which literally translates to ‘the night before fasting’, a festival celebrated throughout Austria and Switzerland. The annual adornment of masks that are inherently frightening and grotesque stems from the aim of chasing away ‘the spirits of winter away in preparation for the coming spring and new harvest’. The carnival-like festivities stem from both Christian and Pagan traditions.”