Artist Ai Weiwei Announced As Part of Art Miami 2011: Persol Art Video and New Media Lounge

Art Miami will feature the influential and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei among the artists showcased as part of the 2011 Persol Art Video and New Media Lounge entitled “ZOOOM! Decoding Common Practice.”

Curated by Julia Draganovic, the Persol Art Video and New Media Lounge “ZOOOM! Decoding Common Practice” at Art Miami will present six videos by artists, who research the human condition and experiment with the variety of tools that video art provides. It reveals a glimpse beyond the ordinary anddiscovers the precariousness of the stability that those communities try tomaintain. “ZOOOM! Decoding Common Practice” is the fourth video programsponsored by Art Miami. It follows the fair’s well-received 2010 Art Video Lounge, also curated by Julia Draganovic.

Ai Weiwei’s long video,  Chang’an Boulevard, describes the main traffic concourse that crosses the Chinese capital, through fixed, one-minute long shots carried out in 50 meters intervals. Minimal and bereft of aesthetic emphasis, the shots capture the image of a metropolis along with all its inherent contradictions, at the dawn of the controversial urban transformation that overwhelmed the city during the 2008 Olympic Games.

Art Miami wil take place Wednesday November 30th-Sunday December 4th at The Miami Art Pavillion At Modtown Miami / Wynwood.