This is an interactive and generative programming artwork. We hope our 1,300,000,000 Chinese people to seek all the suppressed voices along the white wall, while these silent voices are from those who are missing or being detained in China. Some of those voices are also various censored information. The white wall symbolizes the banned Democracy Wall in 1979.
The Democracy Wall (西單民主牆) was a long brick wall on Xidan Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, which became the focus for democratic dissent. Beginning in December 1978, in line with the Communist Party of China's policy of seeking truth from facts, activists in the Democracy movement—such as Xu Wenli—recorded news and ideas, often in the form of big-character posters (dazibao 大字報), during a period known as the "Beijing Spring". The first posting on the Wall was by a poet from Guizhou province, Huang Xiang. These activists were initially encouraged to criticize the Gang of Four and previous failed government policies as part of Deng Xiaoping's struggle to gain power but the wall was closed in December 1979 when the leadership and the communist party system were being criticized along with acknowledged mistakes and previous leaders. The shutdown coincided with suppression of political dissent. The Democracy Wall was moved to Ritan Park prior to being closed down. As visitors to the wall then had to show identification to enter the park, the open and free access to the wall was curtailed.