Big Brother Is Bugging Ai Weiwei

by Carey Dunne on October 5, 2015

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“There’s always a surprise,” Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei wrote on Instagram yesterday, captioning a photograph of a surveillance device he found hidden in his studio after returning to Beijing from his first trip overseas in four years.

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Yesterday we noticed that a copy of Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” in Chicago is in the works in Karamay, China, promoted as a giant, stainless steel drop of oil.

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An immense sculpture in China is nearing completion, and it bears a striking resemblance to Chicago’s most famous work of public art.

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The 17th-century Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) is so fragile that until digitization no one was allowed to open it.

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Italian photographer Stefano Cerio has captured ski resorts at night, empty cruise ships, drained water parks, and, most recently, the uncanny bleakness of China’s off-season amusement parks and other constructed entertainment.

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The Beijing Independent Film Festival, organized and supported by the Li Xianting Film Fund, has been chugging along in fits and starts since its humble beginnings in 2004.

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Forty years on, a new arrogance continues to complicate the narrative of Africa as China encroaches — physically, socially, and economically — on its soil.

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The Chinese government might be relaxing its censorious attitude toward Ai Weiwei.

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