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From the Earth to the World. Ai Weiwei's Functional Dante Reference in the Music Album The Divine Comedy (2013) and in the Lego Portrait Dante Alighieri in LEGO (2016)
This article sets out to illuminate two intermedial Dante references in the artwork of the Chinese-western artist Ai Weiwei: the music album The Divine Comedy (2013) and the Lego portrait Dante Alighieri in LEGO (2016). By paying special attention to surfaces, the "surface reading" presented in this article seeks to interrogate the function of these references. However, in place of Why? the question in this article is shaped more by How? Due to Dante's inherent mediality, the intermedial Dantedoi:10.13125/2039-6597/4207 fatcat:g6ciacerjfg2ngdtldjjt4woim