China: Ai Weiwei’s Self-Surveillance is Shut Down-NY Times
April 13, 2012
The New York Times: April 4, 2012
Ai Weiwei, the rebellious Chinese artist, said on Wednesday that the authorities had shut down a Web site on which he was streaming video from four live surveillance cameras in his home. Mr. Ai, one of the Chinese government’s harshest critics, was detained without charge for 81 days last year; he started his camera-surveillance project earlier this week to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the start of his detention. Putting up the cameras was Mr. Ai’s way of commenting on the fact that he has been under constant surveillance since he was released from detention. Mr. Ai is not allowed to leave Beijing, and plainclothes security officers are stationed on his street around the clock. A security camera is trained on the main entrance of his studio and home in the Caochangdi district of Beijing. On Wednesday, Mr. Ai said over Twitter that his web camera project had been operating for 46 hours before being shut down. “Byebye to all the voyeurs,” Mr. Ai wrote in English on Twitter four hours after the camera Web site, weiweicam.com, ended operations.