Ai Weiwei: CIRCA 2020 With Flowers
From 1-31 October, a new public art project launches across the giant billboards in London's Piccadilly Circus. Every evening, at precisely 20:20 GMT, CIRCA will see Europe’s largest billboard pause its usual adverts for two minutes to screen a digital artwork. Ai Weiwei inaugurates the project, reflecting on this moment in time with a new 60-minute film that “begins from the year [he] was born through to the current unceasing pandemic threatening the human condition globally”. Ai's CIRCA commission unfolds in two-minute sections every evening throughout the month of October. The artist says that CIRCA "offers a very important platform for artists to exercise their practice and to reach out to a greater public".
CIRCA is suplemented by an online platform, CIRCA.ART, which is streaming the programme in unison with the Piccadilly Lights screen, a selection of which are being shown here on Lisson's website, changing daily.