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Ai Weiwei’s Entire Studio Corralled for “Gangnam Style” Parody Shoot [UPDATED]

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While we remain highly suspicious of Korean rap sensation PSY’s ostensible connection to his late countryman and video art legend Nam June Paik, we now have photographic proof that his sphere of influence extends into contemporary art: earlier today Ai Weiwei tweeted the above image of himself and his studio crew, practicing PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”

Ai can be seen perfecting one of the PSY’s infectious dance moves in the courtyard of his studio in Beijing’s Caochangdi district. Re-posting the first image on Facebook, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” director Alison Klayman noted, “PSY stops by Caochangdi today and Ai Weiwei learns the dance. According to photos on Twitter and Facebook, this really happened!”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post suggested that rapper PSY had visited Ai Weiwei’s studio in person, but in light of evidence that the Korean MC was meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday, this seems highly unlikely.

We knew Ai had moves (see above), but we look forward to seeing him break it down, “Gangnam Style,” in a future video art project.

— Benjamin Sutton

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  1. by nomadicprisoner

    Where is Psy in the picture? I see no proof.

  2. Wait, how did the NY Times publish a better and more knowledgeable story about this than ArtInfo? C’mon. While Ai Weiwei clearly puts his heart into it, his moves are far from “perfected” in the video. That’s hardly the point though – Ai Weiwei calls his version “Grass-Mud Horse Style”. Pretty awesome.

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