Ai Weiwei Looks Different in His Metal Music Video

05.22.13 Marina Galperina

Sorry for the money shot upfront, but wow.

We’ve been anticipating dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‘s heavy metal music and here it is: “Dumbass.” Or something worse, really, something the New York Times only refers to as “a rather vulgar Chinese word.”

Ai worked with Wong Kar-wai’s cinematographer Christopher Doyle, which is why the video is so immaculate. The room where the activist artist was imprisoned 80 days is a “inch-accurate” recreation. So is the constant surveillance, with uniformed government goons watching his sleep, eat, shower and shit. And then there’s the part where various sea creatures crawl out of his toilet and lingerie-clad ladies sashay all over the place.

The 55-year-old’s self-therapeutic foray into metal is actually better than expected. Adequately hard. A little avant garde around the edges. Very lyrical. Lyrical like this:

When you’re ready to strike, he mumbles about non-violence … [I] stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker. The fields are full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere…

Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life’s invincible.

I really like the drag.