Tweets As Art

Continuing on a digital theme. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has turned his archive of tweets into a new medium of artistic expression by printing them onto rice paper.


Ai Weiwei’s views on government oppression are often expressed on twitter, which led to his ban on Chinese Twitter (Sina Weibo).

The prints form part of an exhibition in Australia looking at the connection between art and protest featuring works from Japanese, Tibetan and Indonesian artists.


Speaking to Vice’s The Creators Project he described how this form of traditional Chinese printing was expensive so “the elite culture was what was recorded as part of this early civilization.”

“Twitter is digital and has few barriers to publication. It’s a bit ironic to combine these two conditions together, to justify and subvert both, “ he says.

The exhibition lasts until July 26 at the Art Gallery of NSW in Australia, Sydney.