Marking the anniversary of his eighty-one-day detention by the Chinese government one year ago, dissident artist Ai Weiwei is letting us all in on the government’s twenty-four-hour surveillance of his every move. Ai has installed cameras throughout his home and studio—over his bed, at his desk, outside his door, in his courtyard—sending a livestream to weiweicam.com.
The artist remains under close surveillance amidst continuing crackdowns on dissent, including a recent service shutdown at the country’s two largest microblogging services. The artist told CBS News, “People are listening to my phone calls, my Internet has been censored and when I leave my home, there are people following me and at my door there are ten or so cameras.”
For a less voyeuristic look into Ai’s life and plight, look for freelance journalist Alison Klayman’s upcoming documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, set to open July 27 in New York. While Ai was still in detention a year ago, we held a roundtable with Klayman, Asia Society Director Melissa Chiu, and TIME Beijing correspondent Austin Ramzy.