Circa 20:20, a new work by Ai Weiwei, will break a new record on Saturday 31 October at 20:20 for the longest ever single piece of content to be shown on Piccadilly Lights in Piccadilly Circus, Europes largest screen.
Pausing the adverts for just over one hour, the film combines 30 parts from his month-long residency on Piccadilly Lights commissioned by CIRCA, an innovative new digital arts platform which commissions some of the worlds leading artists to create new work in response to the world, circa 2020.
Ai Weiwei said: Circa 20:20 at Piccadilly Circus in London is an opportunity for me to produce a public, visual presentation related to my past. The clips form a 60-minute long program, an episodic, visual narrative consisting of images, videos, sound, and poetry relating to my art and social and political activism.
Providing the public with a safe alternative to experiencing culture outdoors, CIRCA encourages those attending this evenings presentation to wear a face mask and bring their headphones to enable a full audio/visual experience via the www.circa.art website.
Since the beginning of October, a £100 print created by Ai Weiwei has generated over £60,000 for The Circa Economy which is committed to distributing the proceeds to help the UKs struggling creative community. The print is available to purchase on until midnight on the 31 October.
For those unable to attend, the film will also be premiered on YouTube
Ai Weiwei is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across todays geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, the artist uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. Recent exhibitions include: Ai Weiwei: Resetting Memories at MARCO in Monterrey, Ai Weiwei: Bare Life at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in St. Louis, Ai Weiwei at the K20/K21 in Dusseldorf, and Good Fences Make Good Neighbors with the Public Art Fund in New York City. Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in Berlin. Ai is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation.