Ai Weiwei's #WeiweiCam
Ai Weiwei's #WeiweiCamArtist installs his own cameras to call for greater transparency in China.
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei reads emails and letters of support on his computer in his studio. REUTERS/David Gray
On the one-year anniversary of his detention by Chinese officials, outspoken artist Ai Weiwei installed four live webcams in his home as a symbolic reference to the constant surveillance he has been subjected to since his release last June. Now anyone on the web can monitor the Chinese artist 24-hours-a-day and watch Ai engage in various activities, including sleeping and tweeting from his computer.
Ai was detained for 81 days last year as part of a major government crackdown on dissidents. Following his release, he was given a one-year probation, during which he is not allowed to leave Beijing. Ai launched this webcam project both for his friends and the Chinese authorities and has made it a creative method of calling for transparency from all sides.