W’s associate editor has his eye on Ai Weiwei’s new digital artwork.
New digital art displays are cropping up all the time, but only Electric Objects offers this limited edition featuring “Panda-to-Panda,” a collaborative piece made by Ai Weiwei and the Wikileaks hacker Jacob Applebaum. They stuffed these panda bears full of shredded N.S.A. documents, including detailed plans of the agency’s monitoring of Ai’s Twitter. The pandas look sleepy and cuddly on the outside, but are full of dissident activity within—not unlike Ai himself.
The Panda Edition E01 is available for $599 through October at electricobjects.com.