Watch Ai Weiwei’s New London Show from This Side of the Pond

Royal Academy of Arts converts Chinese artist’s exhibit to VR

By The Editors

Watch Ai Weiwei’s New London Show from This Side of the Pond
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22 January 2016

Multimedia artist/human rights activist/generally admirable human Ai Weiwei’s stunning multimedia exhibit at London’s Royal Academy of Arts wrapped on December 13th.

Why is this news?

Because it just reopened … to anyone with a computer and a VR headset.

Ai Weiwei 360, a new virtual reality extension of the actual RA exhibit, allows anyone with an Internet connection to experience the films, photos and sculptures displayed at the show via a phone, tablet or computer. While the 360º tour is accessible to anyone, users with a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headset can experience the exhibit in "photorealistic stereoscopic 3D.”

In addition to virtually seeing works like Surveillance Camera, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, Bicycle Chandelier, Coloured Vases, Marble Stroller and Souvenir from Shanghai, viewers will meet — and subsequently be flipped the bird by — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who introduces the immersive VR experience.

Getting the finger from an Australian who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he introduces a Chinese artist while you sit on your couch?

That’s progress.

Main image: Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995 © Ai Weiwei

Grid image: Alex B. Huckle/Getty Images

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