Bird's Nest: Ai Weiwei in English *beta*

Apr 09

Ai Weiwei as an actor

In a secretly shot short sci-fi  directed by Jason Wishnow Ai Weiwei makes his acting debut playing a water smuggler.

posted  April, 8th 2014 on China Digital Times

by Samuel Wade

Apr 04

Is Ai Weiwei the most important artist alive?

by Alastair Sooke

BBC- Culture

April, 2nd 2014

Apr 01

Ai Weiwei supporters pressure Berlin for passport’s return

"German supporters of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most famous political dissidents, urged Berlin on Wednesday to demand the return of the artist’s passport before an exhibition of politically-charged works in Germany’s capital.”

Jan 17

About the inseparability of Ai Weiwei’s virtual and real life

An interview with the artist and activist.

The original appeared in the german print issue of the magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ on January 13th, 2014.

Jan 01

A New Year’s interview with Ai Weiwei

Following the article last week in the Sinosphere section of the New York Times Ai Weiwei lets us know how he feels about a country he loves but can not leave.

by  Didi Kirsten Tatlow

31th of Dec, 2013

New York Times

Dec 28

Ai Weiwei and his protest with flowers

Since three years now the Chinese authorities hold back Ai Weiwei’s passport and keep him from travelling.

His protest comes in form of an installed bycicle outside his compound presenting a daily bouquet of fresh flowers until he his given back his freedom to travel.

published in The New York Times

by Didi Kirsten Tatlow 

on Dec 27th, 2013

Oct 21

Ai Weiwei asks the Dalai Lama wether he expects to return to his native land

During the question and answer session of a public talk of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New York the there present and livestream audience had the chance to ask the Dalai Lama questions Ai Weiwei posed his asking wether the Dalai Lama would expect returning to his native homeland Tibet.

The excerpt of the Dalai Lama’s answer was published today, Oktober 21th, 2013 on the website of his office in Dharamsala, India.

Oct 18

Ai Weiwei designs cover for Tsering Woeser’s book on Tibet self-immolations

Ai Weiwei and Tsering Woeser  have collaborated on a book called ‘Immolations in Tibet: Shame of the World’.

Ai Weiwei designed the cover art for the book in which Tsering Woeser tries to shed light on the reasons behind the self-immolations in Tibet.

A French-language first edition was published on October 17th, 2013.

published by Jonathan Kaiman

on October 17th, 2013

in The Guardian

Sep 05

Listen to Ai Weiwei, who does not stop talking out

Ai Weiwei in an interview with Jian Ghomeshi is sharing info about his art projects, his daily routine and how he is coping with his experiences during detention

on CBC Radio

from Sept. 4th, 2013

Aug 29

China’s trial of the Century- Ai Weiwei reflections on the Bo Xilai trial

by Ai Weiwei

published August 27th, 2013 in the opinion section of

Aug 25

I'm not kicking Bo Xilai while he's down. No matter how you look at it, he’s a political prisoner too, even if it wasn’t exactly a thoughtcrime. -



Keep up with the Bo Xilai trial at CDT’s liveblog.

Aug 24

By the time you saw me, the trial was already over. //animalfarm1984a: Weiwei, as an officer handling Bo Xilai, do you think the trial still is as planed? -

审判在你们见到我之前已结束“@animalfarm1984a: 作为押解薄熙来的警察,未未你认为审判是在计划之中吗Weiwei, as an officer handling Bo Xilai, do you think the trial still is as planed?


Keep up with the Bo Xilai trial at CDT’s liveblog.

Just posted a photo -

Just posted a photo 

Jul 02

Ai Weiwei is ambassador for ‘Reporters Without Borders’

The Paris-based international organisation to defend and promote freedom of the press ‘Reporters Without Borders’ announced that Ai Weiwei has agreed to join them as a supporting ambassador.

He will be featuring his most iconic plus seventy unpublished photos showing shadowing done by Chinas secret police in the next album ‘100 Photos for Press freedom’ which is going to be published on Sept. 12th, 2013.,44827.html

posted at the organisation’s website on June 20th, 2013

Ai Weiwei is singing again

Another piece from  his forthcoming album ‘The Divine Comedy’ in a music video for Laoma Tihua

Song by Ai Weiwei

Music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou

Video by  Ai Weiwei Studio

and the lyrics in English and Chinese: