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Gangnam for freedom

If you had no access to internet during the last 6 months then you might not know anything about a world phenomenon.

“Gangnam Style” is a dance pop single written and performed by Korean pop singer Park Jae Sung, aka PSY. Since the release of the song and its video in mid-July 2012, the video has gone viral on YouTube and had already been viewed more than 795 955 000 time! “Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism referring to the upscale fashion and lavish lifestyle associated with trendsetters in Seoul’s Gangnam district. “Gangnam” means swag.

With that huge success the video was parodied hundred times  and becoming a mème – a part of our modern culture. The visual language of the video is somehow surrealistic and baroque giving us an exotic escape to our daily life. Excatly what we need right now!

Some renewed worldwilde  artists started to use “Gangnam Style” as a self -expression. In october, less than a day after dissident and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei parodies “Gangnam Style” to laugh at Chinese government,  the Chinese government censor has banned and removed the video from all Chinese sites.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor just made a special Gangnam Style video in support of the artist, Ai Weiwei. “Gangnam for Freedom” by Anish Kapoor and Friends has been released to promote freedom of speech and in support of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Kapoor’s Gangnam Style video is supported by human rights organizations including Amnesty.

What a great humorous and joyful way to fight for freedom!

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