Archinect - News 2014-09-23T22:41:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/99309483/art-an-interview-with-ai-weiwei Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T15:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a06a8bac7825900acaaa1ade5a985dcc.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai&rsquo;s studio, called 258 Fake, has become China&rsquo;s equivalent of Andy Warhol&rsquo;s Factory. And Ai himself has increasingly taken on Warholian overtones: there is now little distinction between Ai the artist who creates artworks, and Ai the dissident who gets beaten by the cops. (In 2009, police pummelled his face, causing a cerebral haemorrhage.) Both are merged in an ongoing performance in which the man has become the art, and the art is the man.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97185232/ai-weiwei-exhibition-underscores-dangers-and-importance-of-art Ai Weiwei Exhibition Underscores Dangers and Importance of Art Alexander Walter 2014-04-03T15:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T17:22:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbwskr9qvko2fyv8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major exhibition opens in Berlin this week of the work of Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist. Events like this are the very thing that protect him against further repression at home. The show is packed with moving works that are critical of the regime.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93808897/miami-artist-destroyed-1m-ai-weiwei-vase-because-pamm-only-displays-international-artists Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM "Only Displays International Artists" Alexander Walter 2014-02-18T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-18T16:54:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/0530a20835dfae720026779fe868be58.jpg" width="500" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, art lovers around the world were shocked when someone strolled into the P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami and destroyed a $1 million vase by Ai Weiwei. [...] The vandal is actually Maximo Caminero, a well-known local painter who has shown works at the Fountain Art Fair. He tells New Times that he destroyed the vase to make a point.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," he says. "They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It's the same political situation over and over again. I've been here for 30 years and it's always the same."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91298445/interview-with-ai-weiwei-my-virtual-life-has-become-my-real-life Interview with Ai Weiwei: 'My Virtual Life Has Become My Real Life' Alexander Walter 2014-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T17:01:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j60q4d89p1mtmocn.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 56, discusses how the authorities monitor his movements in sometimes bizarre detail and the feud with the government in Beijing that has kept him from being allowed to leave the country for three years now.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86067567/rem-koolhaas-ai-weiwei-superflex-and-others-take-part-in-gwangju-folly-project Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei, Superflex and others take part in Gwangju Folly Project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c46hqurusry6n75v.jpg" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architectural follies impose on our assumptions of what architecture is and what it should be -- what is function, what is beauty, where do private and public space meet.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/folly/intro/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Folly II</a>, part of the <a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/intro/greeting/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Biennale Foundation</a>, highlights the politicization of public space through multiple folly-interventions in Gwangju. The project includes follies by Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann, Superflex, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye and Taiye Selasi, among others, this November 10-11.</p> <p> Artistic Director Nikolaus Hirsch, with curators Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun, focus the follies on the contentiousness of public space, and its operation on the global scale. Positioned throughout the city, some follies are mobile (Ai Weiwei's "Cubic-meter Food Cart", a rumination on South Korea's <em>pojangmachas</em>) while others highly site-specific (Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann's "The Vote" is installed in a high-traffic commercial area).</p> <p> As the setting for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_massacre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju&rsquo;s Democratic ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73695450/ai-weiwei-s-music-video-recreating-his-detention Ai Weiwei’s Music Video, Recreating His Detention Archinect 2013-05-22T11:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T11:48:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/4275760a2d1012a9f7103fa33f7931a9.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now Mr. Ai is answering the guards&rsquo; request in a different key. He is presenting them, and the world, with his first heavy-metal music video, one with detailed re-creations of scenes from his 81 days of detention. He also portrays fantasies he imagines flitting through the guards&rsquo; minds. Mr. Ai posted the video on a Web site, aiweiwei.com, on Wednesday morning, Beijing time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/66433527/ai-weiwei-is-featured-on-cbs-news Ai Weiwei is featured on CBS News Archinect 2013-01-28T14:12:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T15:10:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3iodwuqzgo3ncjj.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has faced censorship and imprisonment by China's government. Rita Braver reports on a U.S. exhibit of the dissident's creations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59984406/ai-weiwei-goes-gangnam-style-in-video-tribute-to-psy Ai Weiwei goes 'Gangnam Style' in video tribute to Psy Archinect 2012-10-24T19:16:00-04:00 >2012-10-31T15:05:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jh7zto1860t4ozlc.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One media zeitgeist meets another in a new video posted by artist Ai Weiwei&nbsp;showing himself dancing "Gangnam Style."&nbsp;Ai tweeted the video of himself on Wednesday dancing in the style of Korean pop star Psy's popular music video, which has become an international hit.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58497788/ai-weiwei-to-lose-design-firm-licence Ai Weiwei to lose design firm licence Archinect 2012-10-02T19:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4dcbb9c9d2b706964da94a485b8420b.jpg" width="304" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He said it was impossible to re-register his Fake Cultural Development firm because officials had confiscated relevant documents. The move follows his failed bid last week to challenge a tax evasion fine imposed on the firm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55227459/twitter-is-his-city-his-favorite-city Twitter is his city, his favorite city Nam Henderson 2012-08-13T13:32:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T14:07:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s6pbl8seqhons42e.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei: No. Beijing's greatest problem is that it never belongs to its people. Though it's a city of more than 10 million, people living here are like people living in a hotel.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Beijing's best-known dissident, architect, and creative provocateur tells Jonathan Landreth what's wrong with China's frenetic capital.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54517533/ai-weiwei-never-sorry AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY Archinect 2012-07-31T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T18:51:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rfkivn0kc1tjdj5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention--while Time Magazine named him a runner-up for 2011's Person of the Year... Klayman's compelling documentary portrait is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53293231/how-to-fill-an-empty-bird-s-nest-beijing-s-olympic-woes How To Fill An Empty Bird's Nest: Beijing's Olympic Woes Paul Petrunia 2012-07-10T13:55:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T18:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rv/rvzguhe2huoumrdi.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei has never set foot inside the [Bird's Nest]. He told NPR that the stadium has become entirely divorced from ordinary people. "We love this building, but we don't like the content they have put in, the kind of propaganda. They dissociated this building [from] citizens' celebration or happiness, [it's] not integrated with the city's life," Ai said. "So I told them I will never go to this building."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The attached photos were taken by me on a recent trip to Beijing.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49784834/ai-weiwei-the-architect Ai Weiwei the architect Archinect 2012-05-31T17:21:00-04:00 >2012-06-01T21:21:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecaf7cfc2effc1ea864e2a31be14be05.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai Weiwei will not attend the opening tomorrow of his architectural debut in London. One of the most important artists in the world today, and certainly the most famous Chinese artist, Ai has been under &ldquo;city arrest&rdquo; in Beijing since last year, unable to leave the Chinese capital and under constant surveillance from the Communist Party regime. He is accused of tax avoidance but many suspect his treatment is in retaliation for his outspoken and frequent criticism of the Chinese government.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49782420/serpentine-gallery-opens-pavilion-without-ai-weiwei" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Gallery Opens Pavilion (Without Ai Weiwei)</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49782420/serpentine-gallery-opens-pavilion-without-ai-weiwei Serpentine Gallery Opens Pavilion (Without Ai Weiwei) Alexander Walter 2012-05-31T16:50:00-04:00 >2012-06-05T23:36:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/no9gpmm8mzmo3xvf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, designed by Swiss architects Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, was presented to the press today before it will officially open to the public tomorrow, June 1.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Since Chinese officials had put Ai Weiwei on 'city arrest' in his hometown Beijing, he was not able to attend the ceremony together with his design collaborators Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Weiwei was however allowed to send a recorded statement: &ldquo;As an artist, I&rsquo;m always very interested in putting art, design, architecture and social change together&thinsp;...&thinsp;to give new possibilities.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>For a detailed conceptual description by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, check out this <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/first_images_of_the_2012_serpentine_gallery_pavilion_by_herzog_de_meuron_an" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous Bustler post</a>.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l2/l2xtcaco839drj63.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kxfuj8kyy2ythu92.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe4hngvhkyh6yftq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uytf2q6va6c6zexc.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All photographs above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei &copy; Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Photo &copy; 2012 Iwan Baan)</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9q16iqhqbcs4sef.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z5d0n2ztdeja49qd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q73hnq7vm0yzezv6.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8uwsjkbybslc7x0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0p3pfefxrg1p34j7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ugl8lh51oppm489a.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All drawings and renderings above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron &amp; Ai Weiwei &copy; 2012, by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49542780/a-dissident-did-our-guesthouse A Dissident Did Our Guesthouse Archinect 2012-05-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-06-04T14:08:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/au51srsnxlk3i312.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one thing to own a dozen original &ldquo;Zodiac Head&rdquo; sculptures by the Chinese artist, dissident, and human-rights cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre Ai Weiwei. It is quite another to live in a house partially designed by him. But such is the good fortune of two Columbia County art collectors, who six years ago commissioned the Swiss firm HHF Architects and its scruffily bearded collaborator to build them a home with a detached guesthouse and garage on a pastoral 40-acre plot upstate.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/47664005/first-images-of-the-2012-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-by-herzog-de-meuron-and-ai-weiwei First Images of the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Alexander Walter 2012-05-07T20:14:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T01:11:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5o4ogaqocb7nmpix.jpg" width="514" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London's Serpentine Gallery just released plans for the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. This summer's pavilion, the twelfth commission in the gallery&rsquo;s annual series, will be open to the public from June 1 to October 14, 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Let us know what you think about this year's pavilion design in the comment section below. You can also re-read reactions to the initial announcement of the design team <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37235400/bird-s-nest-collaborators-ai-weiwei-and-herzog-de-meuron-selected-for-2012-serpentine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38994483/ordos-100-directed-by-ai-weiwei Ordos 100, directed by Ai Weiwei Archinect 2012-02-22T17:16:00-05:00 >2012-02-28T10:28:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/367hio0wb5j2zi3e.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Directed by Ai Weiwei (China, 2012). Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. Ordos 100 is a construction project curated by Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. One hundred architects from 27 countries were chosen to participate and each design a 1000-square-meter villa to be built in a new community in Inner Mongolia. The 100 villas would be designed to fit a master plan designed by Ai Weiwei.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/37235400/bird-s-nest-collaborators-ai-weiwei-and-herzog-de-meuron-selected-for-2012-serpentine Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron, selected for 2012 Serpentine Archinect 2012-02-07T10:42:00-05:00 >2012-05-07T20:21:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sd/sds9onk8bqlxsm8r.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Ai Weiwei collaboration &ndash; the 12th pavilion &ndash; breaks the mould of the sequence so far as the criterion for the commission had been for an architect not to have built in England. But Herzog &amp; de Meuron are also deeply engaged in the art world, having built the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. They are currently working on art museums in New York, Miami and Kolkata.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/35738273/ai-weiwei-evolution-of-a-dissident AI WEIWEI: Evolution of a Dissident Orhan Ayyüce 2012-01-25T11:33:00-05:00 >2012-01-27T10:49:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fiqat7xn59tw08ix.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am not stupid, you know. Of course I know what I am doing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/26790540/thousands-pay-ai-weiwei-s-tax-bill Thousands pay Ai Weiwei's tax bill Archinect 2011-11-08T20:35:00-05:00 >2013-01-28T14:18:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f57d4907b0103c65206d68cc5360428.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial artist has already received more than 6,000 yuan ($958,000) from more than 22,200 people. While many have sent money via post and the internet, other have resorted to rather unconventional methods -- folding bank notes into paper planes and throwing them into Ai's garden at night.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/19272161/editor-s-picks-227 Editor's Picks #227 Nam Henderson 2011-09-04T13:59:55-04:00 >2011-09-05T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc7bf0tuf43fcryu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>theids wants to start a conversation about the Animal Architecture Awards. To theids, "this is not Animal Architecture. I feel that they have taken a term that was already being used to describe other projects... which pre-dates this competition that has been hosted for 3 years. " der flaneur cautioned "Zoomorphic is an architecture book for 1st year students that want to see 'cool animal-looking buildings'."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Apple&rsquo;s just-opened 4th Street (N. Calif.) store, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18843208/apple-s-designers-work-towards-storefront-symmetry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">is designed so that the new sidewalk, store window panels and inside stone floor tiles all are dimensioned and positioned to present a symmetrical appearance</a>.</p> <p> <strong>subtect</strong> feels "<em>This is a really terrible drawing. if you draw the room volume as a single point perspective, then follow through with the tile and sidewalk lines for fuck sake. The end gaps between the glazing and the storefront perimeter are different widths.</em>" while <strong>tagalong</strong> believes "<em>the cube is actually quite the disappointment, the rear window is a conventional rear window, the only glass that wraps is the exterior so it's all just fake aesthetics...probably started off with the idea for wrap around visibility but at some point got VE'd out due to not being able to reconcile the structural C column with visibility,</em>"&nbsp;However, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/15063088/john-gachich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Gachich</a>&nbsp;thinks this is just "<em>Another example of architects designing for architects. Looking for some kind of peer recognition, never t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18694019/ai-weiwei-s-wicked-city-beijing Ai Weiwei's Wicked City: Beijing Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-30T13:03:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:18:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kw7g3o11p0ys2d1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing is two cities. One is of power and of money. People don&rsquo;t care who their neighbors are; they don&rsquo;t trust you. The other city is one of desperation.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Beijing tells foreigners that they can understand the city, that we have the same sort of buildings: the Bird&rsquo;s Nest, the CCTV tower. Officials who wear a suit and tie like you say we are the same and we can do business. But they deny us basic rights. You will see migrants&rsquo; schools closed. You will see hospitals where they give patients stitches&mdash;and when they find the patients don&rsquo;t have any money, they pull the stitches out. It&rsquo;s a city of violence.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13289483/ai-weiwei-accepts-university-post-in-berlin Ai Weiwei accepts university post in Berlin Archinect 2011-07-14T01:15:40-04:00 >2011-07-14T12:53:33-04:00 <em><p>It seems unlikely, however, that Mr Ai will be allowed to take up his post in Germany in the near-term. Speaking from his studio in Beijing, he said that he had accepted the position when it was offered two months ago, but that the conditions of his release from prison at the end of June stipulate he has to remain in the Chinese capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/13109357/china-artist-ai-weiwei-banned-from-using-twitter China artist Ai Weiwei 'banned from using Twitter' Archinect 2011-07-12T11:38:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:18:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3bde82c7666a2e792980e683cef90c0.jpg" width="304" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr Ai has already said he cannot talk to the media, and he is not allowed to leave Beijing without permission. He is also reportedly banned from using the microblogging site Twitter. His account has been dormant since April.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://shop.archinect.com/product/ai-weiwei-zine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">check out Archinect's first issue of our new zine, addressing the capture and release of Ai Weiwei</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/12421288/archinect-zine-1-ai-weiwei-newly-released Archinect Zine #1, AI WEIWEI, newly released!! Archinect 2011-07-06T12:29:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:19:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8u/8u7ztswk8msu2qf0.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We're excited to announce the release of the <a href="http://shop.archinect.com/product/ai-weiwei-zine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first issue in the Archinect Zine</a>! This is a collaboration between Archinect and our friend Christian Chaudhari's publishing initiative <em>Friction House</em>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uga1je6mk34vokf.jpg"></p> <p> Creator and producer of the Archinect Zine is <a href="http://cargocollective.com/ccd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Chaudhari</a>, LA-based architect, writer, cultural observer. "Strategically place it anywhere in your house... Impress the mailman, get the chicks (or dudes), stump your professor, or that smart ass friend of yours. The benefits other than knowledge are endless!", he tongue-in-cheek lists some of the Zine's benefits.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yj/yjrzpzbuf4yiwzfl.jpg"></p> <p> Christian continues to explain what you can expect in the Zine premiere AI WEIWEI issue:</p> <p> <em>"The most absurd bits of Chinese culture, art news and dissident activism directly or remotely related to Ai Weiwei (crazy awesome Chinese artist who got in a hella lot of trouble with China, in case you live under a rock) printed in this ultra compact, super graphic, mega-bitchin magazine. A collaboration between the aweso...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/11630047/china-artist-ai-weiwei-to-challenge-tax-bill-and-fine China artist Ai Weiwei 'to challenge tax bill and fine' Paul Petrunia 2011-06-29T15:02:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:19:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab11d0d4e53da4696fd72769dc1df0ac.jpg" width="304" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei is to challenge a bill of more than 12m yuan ($1.9m, &pound;1.2m) in unpaid taxes and fines, his wife told the BBC.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10813624/artist-ai-weiwei-released-on-bail-by-chinese-police Artist Ai Weiwei released on bail by Chinese police Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T12:06:52-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/771sg73n5olxs593.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing police said they had released the 54-year-old "because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes" and a chronic illness, Xinhua news agency reported.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/9241880/going-bald-for-ai-weiwei-a-righteous-head-shaving-performance-sharpens-debate-over-milwaukee-museum-s-collaboration-with-china Going Bald For Ai Weiwei: A Righteous Head-Shaving Performance Sharpens Debate Over Milwaukee Museum's Collaboration With China Archinect 2011-06-08T20:29:58-04:00 >2011-06-08T20:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d50b8f78a21642331fd045872c724f63.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forget petitions: art professionals are showing their support for detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in increasingly creative ways. Last week, Milwaukee-based Mike Brenner shaved his head into a style reminiscent of Ai's outside the Milwaukee Art Museum as a show of support for the artist, who has been missing for over two months.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/8621047/china-versus-the-genius-hooligan China versus the genius hooligan Paul Petrunia 2011-06-03T11:09:35-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19b4ed994413290d00316a23a02648fe.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s in no country&rsquo;s interest to have such a renown and creative citizen behind bars. It is particularly awkward for China&rsquo;s rulers to oppress the man who designed the venue for their coming out party. Moreover, in its quest to climb the economic value chain and provide its millions of new graduates with jobs, China is at a moment where it needs to embrace creativity, to innovate and to develop the arts, entertainment and other high-value sectors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/8287063/browser-plugin-blocks-chinese-sites-to-protest-artist-ai-weiwei-s-detainment Browser Plugin Blocks Chinese Sites To Protest Artist Ai Weiwei's Detainment Archinect 2011-05-31T13:44:46-04:00 >2011-05-31T19:04:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c2cde5b905c9ae39e5f0100be8a082a.jpg" width="360" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>FAT Lab member Greg Leuch&rsquo;s browser plugins have been mainly whimsical (abolishing mentions of folks like Justin Bieber and Charlie Sheen), but now, the developer has gone political with the release of China Blocker. It serves as a protest against the detainment of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>