Instead of being full of artworks by one of the world’s most famous living artists, last night Anish Kapoor’s studio in south east London was crammed to the stylishly-designed rafters with dancers, artists, designers, media types and hipsters, all strutting their stuff to Kapoor’s version of Gangnam Style. Kapoor himself was resplendent in pink shirt, Ai Weiwei t-shirt, baggy tracksuit bottoms and the requisite black sunglasses. Although his artistic genius may not necessarily extend to his dance moves, he threw himself into the spirit of Korean popstar Psy’s monster hit with gusto.
The video was being made in support of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, following his parody version of Gangnam Style, in which he used handcuffs and straw horses to comment on the lack of freedom in China, being taken down by the Chinese authorities. Kapoor said, ‘I hope it will be fun, but also make a serious point about freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It is our hope that this gesture of support for Ai Weiwei will be wide-ranging and will help to emphasise how important these freedoms are to us all.’ Celia Topping
Watch Ai Weiwei’s Gangnam Style below: