IOCOSE: Sunflower Seeds on Sunflower Seeds
In the last few months, Chinese contemporary artist Ai WeiWei has been the focus of varying bits of news. Late last year, the launch of his show at the Tate Modern encompassing a huge quantity of ceramic sunflower seeds was met with issues regarding the potentially toxic dust and fumes that were associated with the miniature sculptures. To further compound his problems, the Chinese government destroyed his Shanghai art studio amidst building regulation concerns. Nevertheless, the sale of his sunflower seeds was slated to net up to £120,000 GBP (approximately $192,000 USD) for 100 kg.
In this video, artist group IOCOSE revisit some of Ai WeiWei’s own personal art philosophies on “what you see is not what you see, and what you see is not what it means.” Working in a group of four, IOCOSE went about slingshotting real seeds into the group of ceramic seeds and replaced the original installation sign with their own. Even Ai WeiWei himself was quick to offer his own encouragement regarding the project via his popular Twitter account.