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Ai Weiwei releases new album ’ The Divine Comedy’

'Greetings to the Motherland' - An interactive dual rant by Ai Weiwei and Laurie Anderson

On Sunday 16th, 2013 Ai Weiwei performed via skype from his Beijing studio with Laurie Anderson at a concert during the Luminato Festival 2013 in Toronto.

The transmission starts at 00:13:35.

Ai Weiwei’s installation Bang at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale

While Ai Weiwei is still restricted from leaving China, his installation ‘Bang' is corepresenting Germany at the Germany pavilion at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.

published at Designboom on May, 29th 2013

Ai Weiwei’s Dioramas of a Nightmare

In a number of 6 sculptures meticulously recretated from his memory Ai Weiwei’s maybe most personal art piece, called S.A.C.R.E.D.  recreates the details of his detention. The boxes were secretly transported out of China and will be shown parallel with the 2013 Venice  Biennale though not officially part of it.

by Edward Wong

New York Times

May 26th, 2013

slide show:

photo credit Christiano Bendinelli 


Ai Weiwei, the Tom Hanks of the Chinese Cinema?

'Dumbass' is the first single by Ai Weiwei from the album THE DIVINE COMEDY, which will be released on the anniversary of his release June 22, 2013.

The revealation of his music video was found on youtube published on May 21th, 2013

song: Ai Weiwei

music: Zuoxiao Zuzhou

cinematography: Christopher Doyle

The track & lyriks can be found here:

*The post’s title derives from a comment by Christopher Doyle in an interview with ArtInfo

Ai Weiwei gives the Playboy an into the depth interview

New York Times bestselling author David Sheff  spent some days with Ai Weiwei  and accompanied him during his daily walks. Here is his report and interview coming out in Playboy:

Ai Weiwei congratulates Tsering Woeser

On Sunday, 19th of May Ai Weiwei was among those who congratulated Tsering Woeser for receiving the ‘International Women of Courage Award’ she was presented at the American Embassy in Bejijng.

An award she was not able to accept in Washington a few months ago since she like Ai Weiwei is not permitted to leave China.

This pic was published by her on her twitter account on May, 20th 2013.

Humph “//sailingger: very elegant RT //FriendsofAiWW: “The people who control culture in China have no culture." //aiww”

Ai Weiwei shapes the map of China with 2,000 baby formula cans

Ai Weiwei’s new installation ‘Baby Formula’ ist part of an art exhibition supposed to provoke debate in Hong Kong

by Vivienne Chow 

published on May 17th, 2013

South China Morning Post

Ai Weiwei films while being out with his mother

BBC News prodcasts Ai Weiwei’s video footage of a brawl between Han Chinese and Tibetan street vendors which he filmed while being out with his mother.

reported by Harry Low

Monday, 13th 2013

on BBC News

Is Ai Weiwei inside or out ?

During re:publica, an anual conference in Berlin, Germany bringing the online sphere into the physical world, Ai Weiwei was invited this year to give a video interview.

This event was filmed and then posted on youtube on May 8th, 2013.

RT //hundunzhe: The chinese people are very patient,but those who are in power have betrayed everyone——Ai Weiwei

Colorful RT //cwi1: #aiflowers #512 //aiww


Powerful RT //Post_yfu: //aiww Uncle Ai,I just made this. Refuse to forget

强力 RT @Post_yfu: @aiww艾叔,我刚做的。拒绝遗忘


"carved in bones and engraved in the heart" idiom fig. unforgettable