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'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/





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.

https://twitter.com/degewa/status/336358628657352704/photo/1





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

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1239198/ai-weiwei-explores-varied-conflicts-mark-row-over-formula

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.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/world-videos-news/2687/beijing-street-brawl-filmed-by-ai-weiwei.html

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29tk6vQXV64





Has Ai Weiwei’s life overshadowed his art ?

Question asked and answered by Jonathan Jones

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2013/apr/24/ai-weiwei-still-an-artist

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

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june13/pledge_03-13.html





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

//www.humanrightsfilmnetwork.org/news/ai-weiwei-festival-geneva-supports-dissidence





Ai as a political artist-

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

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50139816n

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

http://hifructose.com/2013/01/30/ai-weiwei-and-eric-so-collaborate-on-large-scale-sculpture-series/

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.