Watch: Ai Weiwei Does Psy's 'Gangnam Style'
Chinese contemporary artist harnesses power of viral K-pop video.
Nobody is more aware of the power of the internet than these two — Korean rapper Psy and Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. Was this tribute video therefore always bound to happen? Perhaps not, but we're glad it did. Here's Ai WeiWei harnessing the power of Psy's hyper-viral video for 'Gangnam Style'. If you've been asleep for the last month or have never visited a handy little website called Wikipedia, 'Gangnam Style' is a Korean pop song that parodies the nouveau riche of South Korea's Gangnam region.
Fact: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' has been viewed over 530 million times on YouTube. Another fact: Earlier this week, Psy met with the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, who told him: "I think the music can play a very important role. I hope that we can work together using your ... unlimited global reach," before then gushing, "You are so cool; I hope that you can end the global warming."
For our current digital-themed issue, our Contributing Features Editor spoke with Alison Klayman, director of the award-winning documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, who commented "Weiwei's prominence now has a lot to do with activities online ... If you see him getting into trouble, it's not because he filled the Tate Modern with a hundred million porcelain sunflower seeds ... [but for] pointing out the flaws in the systems."
Here's Ai WeiWei's version:
And here's the original: