New technology creates waves of banned Chinese art on social media

QR code to download the Orange Pillar of Shame from Hong Kong ---------- QR code to download the Black Pillar of Shame from Oslo
The 33rd commemoration of the massacre of students in Tiananmen Square in Beijing is approaching. It happened in 1989 and on the anniversary, June 4th, the massacre is commemorated all over the world.
But now Chinese authorities have taken down the Pillar of Shame - an 8-meter high memorial in Hong Kong - and tucked it away in a container. At the same time, the authorities have banned any commemoration of the massacre both in Hong Kong and in China.
But the attack on the sculpture has only made it an even greater symbol. Now The Pillar of Shame is both the symbol of the massacre in Beijing in 1989 and of the destruction of the democracy in Hong Kong. A destruction that has made the vibrant city a shadow of itself - with a consistent suppression of freedom of speech, rule of law and democracy. Many have been imprisoned or fled Hong Kong and all China-critical art has been banned.
That is why we have chosen to enter the digital world and use a new technique to make the sculpture accessible to everyone.
By using ‘Augmented Reality’ it becomes possible to erect Pillar of Shames anywhere via a mobile phone. To that end, we have developed some extremely detailed, completely lifelike and very effective virtual models of the Pillar of Shame, which can be downloaded for free.
We urge everyone to use this technique and prevent China from suppressing the memory of the massacre and the assault on Hong Kong's democracy.
Make movies and pictures with the sculpture and post it on social media and become a part of the movement. If enough people use their mobile phones as a peaceful weapon against the suppression of freedom of expression in China, Hong Kong and the rest of the world, these events could spread everywhere.
You can see a small silly film here, where Galschiøt and his art student League Jacobsen test whether you can move around the non-existent sculpture
• You can download your own 3D model of The Pillar of Shame and place it wherever you want. It requires (unfortunately) an iPhone of newer model. Follow the QR code and see description at the bottom of this page. You can also download files for Android phones but the technology inside the operating system is not quite ready yet, so you should probably find a program that can help the phone. However, we have uploaded the android files so you can try for yourself. You find a quick guide under the ‘technique’ in this e-mail. 
Other initiatives to commemorate the massacre.
On the anniversary of the massacre on June 4, we will send over 4,000 pages of archive material from the massacre to universities around the world. The university can share the material with their Chinese students. The material comes from the Democratic Movement in Hong Kong and we have scanned it and put it out for free use.
On May 25, we will put up an 8 meter high Pillar of Shame in copper at the University of Oslo. The sculpture will stay past june 4.
• In Prague, we put up a 5 meter Pillar of Shame copper model at DOX Museum of Modern Art. Later, the sculpture is moved to the Czech Parliament. Galschiøt attended the inauguration.
In Taipei, Taiwan, a 3D printed model of the sculpture is erected. The exhibition takes place in collaboration with the democracy movement.
Several places in the world have chosen to print huge ‘real size’ banners of the Pillar of Shame to hang from buildings, or to exhibit 3D prints of the Pillar of Shame to show on Memorial Day.
Files for 3D prints, Augmented Reality, banners etc. can be freely downloaded here
Help us ensure that the massacre is not censored away and forgotten. Use our tools, or find your own way and share, share, share…

feel free to use the hashtags below. Enjoy!
#PillarofShame      # WeRemember64
Technique: Augmented Reality (AR)
By using a iPhone (only works with newer models), it is possible to place a Virtual 3D Pillar of Shame in the middle of the "reality" and make video where is appears as a real object in the film. It is very simple to use the technique; everyone will be able to figure it out with a few minutes of practice.
Download the AR file using the QR codes, it takes a while to download it. Or downloaded for free. her
Push the file, (the little star) even if it says it cannot retrieve it. Now the camera opens.
Push the Pillar of Shame file icon with your finger. The sculpture is now placed in the room, as a 3D object. Move your phone around for the sculpture to be positioned in the room.
You can decide the location and size yourself and move it around to suit the room or place where you are filming.
If people walk through the place where you have placed the Pillar of Shame, the illusion is broken. But if you put it in a place where people do not go, it will look like a real object..
With your camera you can go very close to it and see an extreme level of detail and film it from all angles.
The file is made to use the positioning system of the mobile phone for the Pillar of Shame to maintain the position where you have placed it, no matter how you move the camera around. It will retain its size in relation to the room you have set it up in.
If you e.g. have put up a 15 meters high Pillar of Shame in the middle of Victoria Park in Hong Kong, you can, when you walk to it, film from the bottom up and see the top fade into the sky. If you have made it 30cm tall and placed it on a table, you will be able to photograph it from above. The sculpture will retain its level of detail so if you walk close to it with the camera, you will still be able to see all the details clearly.
The whole thing can of course be filmed and shared.
Who knows, maybe we can write art and internet history by being the first to use this new technique and virtual opportunity and create a wave on the web which focus on the demand for justice and freedom of speech for everyone in China.
Many loving greetings from Galleri Galschiøt
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Background and history
The Pillar of Shame in Hongkong
17 Oct. 2021
China has attacked art symbol of Tiananmen Square crackdown. We won the first two battles - but everything is uncertain!
We are under attack from China in Hong Kong. In a letter the democracy movement was given a deadline of 4 days to move the 9 m high sculpture, which is a memorial to the Tiananmen square crackdown in 1989, otherwise China would destroy the sculpture that has beeb standing at Hong Kong University for 24 years.

We are quite pressed for time, so we just send this short newsletter.
 Everything has been chaos since, and we have mobilized our networks all over the world to prevent the sculpture from being destroyed. And it's been successful so far.
Thousands of NGOs, artists, activists, politicians and other good people have joined the fight to preserve the sculpture, and we have succeeded to postpone the destruction of the artwork.
At the same time, it has succeeded in setting a new standard for what U.S. law firms can allow themselves to do to help the Chinese goverment. Part of the pressure to prevent the destruction of the artwork has been directed at getting the law firm Mayer Brown to withdraw from helping Hong Kong University destroy and remove the sculpture. And we succeeded on the 15th of October.
So 2 battles have been won, but it is still uncertain whether we can get the opportunity to get the sculpture out of Hong Kong.
So we need all the help we can get, by informing about China's attacks on art and freedom of speech. If necessary,  Forward this email to a friend or create one yourself.
All the activities have been continuously described by a huge press campaign. We have made a selection of the articles here - good reading - you can probably find something from your own country as well.
We have posted our own press releases and all documents in the on Galschiot's website.
Although we have worked ourselves to death, this struggle for art and the Chinese's right to remember their own history is also a very life-affirming experience. The whole process shows that it is possible for ordinary people to enact a little influence on the global stage.
7.380.000 link: A quick Google search word combination "Pillar of Shame" (a word that comes specifically from this sculpture, as we created it ourselves) today gives 7.380.000 links.
"We are still alive". We have written history and shown that there are limits to what the world will allow.
All the best
Jens Galschiøt - The artist behind The Piller of Shame
and his hard-working staff
Denmark 17 Oct 2021
Email:  Jens
Mobile: Tlf: +45 4044 7058
The monument in Hong Kong
In 1997, I erected an 8 meter tall monument in Hong Kong in memorial of the massacre. This monument is so far still the only memorial about the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil. 
Placing this sculpture in Hong Kong cost me a permanent expulsion from China and two expulsions from Hong Kong. I think it's important that artists, cultural groups, and others that defend human rights use their freedom of speech to tell the story of the massacre. I hope that you will help in doing this. 
32 years after the massacre history seems to be tragically repeating itself. Now with Hong Kong as the epicenter for youth demanding their basic Human Rights and the Chinese Government forcefully fighting down the youth. China has passed landmark legislation to force national security laws in Hong Kong, effectively crushing the city's autonomy, removing pro-democratic forces from the parliament and sending pro-democrats in jail.
In February 2020 I erected ‘A Pillar of Shame’ sculpture in front of the Danish parliament, as a protest against that China is once again using extreme force against youth people demonstrating for their democracy rights, this time in Hong Kong.
The China's National People's Congress are now directly interfering with the justice system and the freedom of speech in Hong Kong, which is an unprecedented violation of the agreement between England and China for the handover of Hong Kong. China has fundamentally changed the status of Hong Kong and basic Human and Democracy rights are no longer respected as they used to be.
I hereby encourage everyone to protest against China’s assault on Hong Kong citizens.
Let us remeber the youth that lost their life at Tiananmen Square and let us support the youth in Hong Kong, so we will not see the same tragic outcome once again.     
Kind regards,
Jens Galschiøt
 About Hong Kong at the moment
China’s supression of free speech is spreading to Hong Kong. Galschiot is just one of many critics who have been denied entry. So the city is deprived of a cultural exchange that is taken for granted in all open democratic societies. The expulsions are a blatant violation of the principle of ‘One country – Two systems’ that was guaranteed as part of Hong Kong’s reunion with China in ‘97.

In 2013 Galschiøt managed to enter Hong Kong to repair ‘The Pillar of Shame’. In these very years Hong Kong stands on the precipice of realizing the 1997 agreements with China, to develop a real democracy in Hong Kong. But they are under a lot of pressure from non-democratic forces. The results of these negotiations are crucial for the future of Hong Kong.
Throughout 2019 and 2020 massive demonstrations in Hong Kong took place. They fought for their basic human rights that China promised Hong Kong's citizens when they took over the country in 1997, But the peaceful demonstrations have been met with comprehensive violent force from Hong Kong's police.
Today China has passed landmark legislation to force national security laws in Hong Kong, effectively crushing the city's autonomy, removing pro-democratic forces from the parliament and sending pro-democrats in jail.
A functioning democracy on Chinese ground, even though only in Hong Kong, is an extremely important symbol for the more than one billion living in mainland China.
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The democracy movement in Hong Kong:
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About Jens Galschiøt:
Danish artist Jens Galschiøt has created many socio-critical sculptures and installations through the years. Most often they are placed in public spaces around the world – as needle-sticks and silent reminders of a world that, in his opinion, is out of balance, and where exploitation of the world’s resources, inequality and migration are a constant part of the picture.
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