Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei to Receive 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in Berlin May 21, 2015 – Time.com has an amazing photo slideshow of Joan Baez as she began her early life as an activist-musician. This coincides with Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei being awarded the 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in…
FEB 26, 2014 – Chinese activist-artist-musician Ai Weiwei will be bringing his new activist-art exhibit, "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" from April 18 through August 10, 2014 to the Brooklyn Museum. His exhibit will speak out about his illegal incarceration by the Chinese authorities for 81 harsh days with six iron boxes, and other pieces not seen in North America, and some pieces have never been seen before. Read more about the exhibit on the Brooklyn Museum website here. (photo credit: Hafenbar/CC)
MAY 23, 2013 – Chinese musical-activist Ai Weiwei has released his new music video to his activist song "Dumbass" and strongly criticizes the Chinese government. In the video, Ai is jailed, hooded and is abused by the Chinese state power for speaking out politically similar to when he was jailed for 81 days for speaking out politically back in 2011. Naturally, China has blocked the video. The video is filled with heavy metal screeching guitars and obscenity screaming against the oppression in China that censors and punishes free speech. In a statement Ai Weiwei said, “People who are detained suffer traumas, and those who detain us know this very well. This is why we are secretly detained, blindfolded, cuffed, not allowed to meet with lawyers and relatives. I had been thinking about how to recover from the trauma. And I came up with the idea of using music to convey a sentiment that is tremendously secret, and private, to the public." Watch the video below.
MAR 11, 2013 – JTMP blogged about Chinese musical activist Ai Weiwei last month for visiting with Elton John after a concert. Now he is going to release a heavy metal rock album with fellow musical activist Zuoxiao ZuZhou. Check out more at Guardian. (photo credit: Hafenbar/CC)