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Supporting Ai Weiwei, Gangnam style

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2012-12-02
  • 14:15 (GMT+8)
PSY, center, the creator of the Gangnam style horse-riding dance. (China Times file photo)

PSY, center, the creator of the Gangnam style horse-riding dance. (China Times file photo)

A British artist recently paid his tribute to Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei by publishing a series of the Korean Gangnam style dance performed by 400 people.

Anish Kapoor created his own version of Gangnam style following the one done by Ai Weiwei a month ago, with a pair of handcuffs around his wrists.

Kapoor said the message of this reproduction is to use something light-hearted to propagate a serious topic. He said supporting Ai is a meaningful thing, and there are many would like to join the cause.

According to Duowei News, operated by overseas Chinese, the video clip with the dance performed by Kapoor and his friends received tens of thousands of hits as soon as it was aired on Youtube on Nov. 26.

Kapoor said that Ai's video on the dance that simulates horse riding was banned by the Chinese authorities as soon as it came online. He thought of doing a reproduction to support him. Kapoor said he completely relinquished himself as soon as he started to dance, although he is a bad dancer.

Kapoor said he hopes the government of China understands that repressing artists and poets is not beneficial either in the mid- or long-term.

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