Mar 06, 2014 2:16PM

Ai Wei Wei Vase Smashing Game Is Very Satisfying

Ai Wei Whoops.
Whether it be tweeting strong opinions or summoning a befitting reactionary GIF, habitants of the internet are well-versed in responding to all kinds of current affairs — particularly those they don't agree with. 
 
A few weeks back, a disgruntled protestor with a head full of emotions and hands full of Ai Wei Wei's $1 million vase, smashed said vase into many little pieces. The incident was bizarre and #meta (being that defeated vase was placed before Ai's iconic photographic series showing him dropping a Han dynasty urn) and people were quite enraged. 
 
 
The most inventive response to the debacle comes via a game created by digital artist and 'hacker' Grayson Earle called (lol) Ai WeiWhoops. The premise is click-to-smash digital vases, watch pieces fall to the ground, hear satisfying pings of broken glass hitting ground and accrue damage in $$$. Dollars you will never have to front. 
 
Grayson has invested thought into the game that extends beyond simply 'breaking shit is fun.' He says, "We know that Ai takes issue with the destruction of his art [property], but how does he feel about intellectual property? Would Ai take offense to the destruction of digital representations of his work, or is it the loss of material, valuable property that provoked his response?" Not sure how to answer this one. However, if you're looking for a soundtrack to enhance the game, we're sweet on the one below. Relevant lines include: "Maybe you didn't break the way you should've broke, yo. But I break" and also "I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW. ARGHHHHH."
 

 

Melissa Kenny

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