SEGMENT: Ai Weiwei in "Change"

Now Playing: SEGMENT: Ai Weiwei in "Change"

About this video

During his incarceration, artist Ai Weiwei's assistants, E-Shyh Wong and Inserk Yang come to New York in his place for the unveiling of Ai's public artwork near Central Park "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" (2010). Wong and Yang provide insight into his working processes and their belief that neither they nor we should remain silent about his detention. During his September 2011 interview with Art21, Ai comments on his marble sculpture of a surveillance camera, an object increasingly present in modern life in all societies, which, he says is used to "secretly monitor people’s behavior". "But once it’s marble" he continues, "it’s only being watched. It's not functioning anymore."

Featured in this video

Additional Videos

Season Episode number Episode name Artists Durationsort icon Release date
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 2 (2003) 2 Loss & Desire Collier Schorr 0:00 09/10/2003
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 2 (2003) 2 Loss & Desire Gabriel Orozco 0:00 09/10/2003
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 4 Consumption Barbara Kruger 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 1 Place
Barry McGee, Laurie Anderson, Margaret Kilgallen, Pepón Osorio, Richard Serra, Sally Mann
0:00 09/21/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Louise Bourgeois 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Maya Lin 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Bruce Nauman 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity Kerry James Marshall 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001) 3 Identity William Wegman 0:00 09/28/2001
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 3 (2005) 2 Memory 0:00 09/23/2005