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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.

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/04/ai-weiwei-makes-acting-debut-secret-sci-fi-short/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chinadigitaltimes%2FbKzO+%28China+Digital+Times+%28CDT%29%29

posted  April, 8th 2014 on China Digital Times

by Samuel Wade





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.”

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79528589/





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.





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.

http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/q-a-ai-weiwei-on-creating-art-in-a-cage/?smid=tw-share&_r=2

by  Didi Kirsten Tatlow

31th of Dec, 2013

New York Times





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.

http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/1019-empowerment-concerning-the-buddha-establishing-the-three-pledges-and-a-public-talk-on-the-virtue-of-non-violence





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.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/17/tibet-self-immolation-book-woeser-ai-weiwei

published by Jonathan Kaiman

on October 17th, 2013

in The Guardian





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

http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2013/09/04/ai-weiwei-on-why-he-wont-stop-speaking-out/index.html#igImgId_80838

on CBC Radio

from Sept. 4th, 2013





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

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-27/ai-weiwei-on-china-s-trial-of-the-century.html

by Ai Weiwei

published August 27th, 2013 in the opinion section of Bloomberg.com





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.

http://en.rsf.org/ai-weiwei-ambassador-for-reporters-20-06-2013,44827.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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aZFEffTaP0&feature=youtu.be&a

Song by Ai Weiwei

Music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou

Video by  Ai Weiwei Studio

and the lyrics in English and Chinese:

https://soundcloud.com/aiww/laoma-tihua





'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.

http://luminatofestival.com/events/2013/laurie-anderson





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.

http://www.designboom.com/art/ai-weiwei-bang-installation-at-venice-art-biennale-2013/

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/arts/design/ai-weiwei-dioramas-depict-his-imprisonment.html

by Edward Wong

New York Times

May 26th, 2013

slide show: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/05/26/arts/design/AI.html

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4ACj86DKfWs

song: Ai Weiwei

music: Zuoxiao Zuzhou

cinematography: Christopher Doyle

The track & lyriks can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/aiww/dumbass

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

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/874750/christopher-doyle-interview-part-1-why-did-ai-weiwei-shave-my





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: 

http://davidsheff.com/article/ai-weiwei/