Ai Weiwei first video interview since his release

Chinese dissident artist talks about the importance of social media to his work in new video
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Ai Weiwei

In one of his first on-camera interviews following his release from detention in 2011, Ai Weiwei talks about the potential for artists to express themselves online and encourages artists to be more aware of shifts in social media. The short video was filmed for Art21 in Ai's Beijing studio—where Ai uses Twitter on a daily basis to share ideas, question authority, and create dialogue—with Mandarin Chinese tweets translated into English.


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