Conflict & Justice

Ai Weiwei's 'WeiweiCam' Goes Dark

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Views from WeiweiCam, which is now offline (Photo: Ai Weiwei)

Two days ago, outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei launched weiweicam.com, a website where you could watch a live stream of the artist going about his daily activities at home.

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The launch marked the one-year anniversary of the artist's seizure by Chinese officials last year, when he was held for 81 days.

The World's Mary Kay Magistad in Beijing says that Ai Weiwei's attempt to stream his life online was "a sort of tongue in cheek piece of performance art" — a way to "help" the public security authorities keep an eye on him, since he's been under surveillance since being released from detention in June.

The authorities objected however, and Ai Weiwei has now had to take the cameras down.