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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.

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.

Has Ai Weiwei’s life overshadowed his art ?

Question asked and answered by Jonathan Jones

published on the JonathanJonesonArtblog of The Gurdian

April, 24th 2013

What Ai thinks about Art, China and Censorship

A conversation 

aired on March 13th, 2013 on PBS

Ai becomes jurymember of  The International Film Festival and Forum on Human rights in Geneva:


Ai as a political artist-

Cbs News reports on Ai Weiwei’s current exhibition in Smithonian Museum

by Rita Braver

aired on January 27th, 2013

'Unlovable' Ais- Ai Weiwei cocreates big sized rubber sculptures

The series premiered at  Art Stage Singapur from January 24th - 27th

posted at Hi Fructose on January 30th, 2013

by Nastia Voynovskaya 

Happy New Year!

A year of lost battles, repayments and creative haircuts has come to an end. As the story of Ai Weiwei’s life and work continues to unfold and take unforeseen turns, our dedicated team of translators and contributors has been there every step of the way to provide the English speaking world with translations and insights.  

Here at the Bird’s Nest, holiday season is renewal season. As some of you have probably already noticed, co-founder An Xiao has designed a new template for our site. Even more so than our previous design it aims at providing readers with a clarity and readability. We are very pleased to welcome the New Year with a brand new look and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

In the spirit of Ai Weiwei, the Bird’s Nest has always been about creative sharing. We want artists, journalists and the general public alike to use, share and recreate our work as much as possible. At the same time we would like our contributors to be credited when credit is due. We have therefore adapted a Creative Commons licensing policy to make it easier and clearer to share and reuse our work. More info about how the licensing policy works can be found here.

What better way to end this year’s last editorial post than by welcoming a new translator to the team! David Castrillion is based in Bogotá, Colombia and is the most recent member of a team, which now includes contributors from all but one continent. David is an insightful and skilled translator whom we are very excited to have on board. Follow him on Twitter and stay tuned for great translations.

Last but not least, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all our readers and contributors a Happy New Year. Stay tuned for an exciting new year of art, tweets and translations. 

Ai has a message for the Global thinkers gala guests

As a Foreign Policy Global Thinker Ai Weiwei has made a video for those attending the Global thinker gala at Hirschhorn museum in Washington which is currently hosting also the first ever North American retrospective of his work.

posted on Foreign Policy blog

on November 30th, 2012

by Issac Stone Fish

Ai is answering questions

asked by Rosanna Greenstreet 

in the Life& Style section of The Guardian

published  on Nov. 23th , 2012

Ai Weiwei’s wishes for China’s new leader

Instead of ten Ai Weiwei has six wishes for Xi Jinping

by Clifford Coonan, Beijing

published on Monday 19th of November 2012

in The Irish Times

Smallest amounts first - Ai cashes back to his supporters