Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei releases video of heavy-metal song

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 June, 2013, 11:27am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 June, 2013, 5:09pm

"Why are the cops breaching the door?," asks China's most prominent artist-dissident Ai Weiwei in his latest music video, released on Thursday.

"To see if you’re human.
Why are you breaking in?  
To teach you a lesson, kid."

In the song, Laoma Tihua, he turns video footage of his encounters with Chinese police and court officials in Chengdu, Sichuan province, into an angry broadside against arbitrary violence by police in the country.

The song is named after a Sichuan snack and his eight-part documentary from 2009, in which he recorded his quest to testify at the trial of the now imprisoned anti-corruption crusader, Tan Zuoren.

Ai had to undergo brain surgery due to the injuries received in this vain effort to testify for Tan during his trial in the Sichuan provincial capital.

The music video comes four weeks after the release of his first music video, Dumbass, in which Ai tells the story of his own 81-day extra-judicial detention in 2011.

Both songs are part of his debut album, The Divine Comedy, which is scheduled to be released on Saturday.

Ai sings his own lyrics to music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou, one of China's most well-known alternative singer-songwriters.