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WHAT WEEE ARE - WEEEdroponics

Planting the Seeds, growing the future. Technology pervades every aspect of our lives: the way we move... the way we work... the way we meet and communicate… how we make love and what we eat...
Crops all over the world are grown using increasingly technological methods. It is now possible to grow plants at night and in hostile environments, increasing yields and saving water. Most of these methods are based on... Hydroponics.
Since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World, technology has allowed man to grow great amounts of food. Abundance of food allows man to explore new frontiers... In January 2016 the first flower has blossomed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Yet, in pursuing his quest, man also generates huge amounts of increasingly technological waste...

Space Waste is already an issue of cosmic concern...

  • Alessio De Marchi
    Director
    WHAT WEEE ARE
  • Alessandra Turcato
    Director
    WHAT WEEE ARE
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Waste Art, Video Art, Stop Motion, Animation, e-waste art
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Photography
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • China International Conference of Science and Education Producers CICSEP
    Beijing
    China
    September 25, 2016
    World
    Nominee Bronze China Dragon Award
  • Movieletters on a letter by Dr. Jane Goodall
    Milan
    Italy
    October 14, 2016
    Italy
    Best Concept
  • Raw Science Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    none
    Official Selection
  • London Short Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 13, 2017
    UK
    Official Selection Dystopia
Director Biography - Alessio De Marchi, Alessandra Turcato

Alessio De Marchi grew up playing with materials. In 1999 he discovered his passion for e-waste and began producing some first experimental works.
In 2004, after graduating from the State School of Arts in Torino, Italy, he began working as a goldsmith in a master artisan's atelier and got a Master's degree in jewelry engineering at Politecnico di Torino, temporarily setting aside his sculptures to learn about precious metals and metallurgy. He then furthered his expertise in the entertainment industry working at Disneyland Paris. After serving a year as civil servant for a youth development program in Burundi, Africa, he is has now graduated in International Sciences for Cooperation and Development at Univesity of Torino.
Since 2014, he has started up the WHAT WEEE ARE project, which brings together all his experience. The project aims at raising awareness over the broader issues regarding our technological world. Hands-on experience, creativity and technical expertise make of him a 360° artist with a touch of social and political entrepreneurship.

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Director Statement

The linear system of technological products from mine to dump is one of the main drivers of CO2 emissions and therefore of climate change.
Fostering and promoting responsible use of raw materials is a key factor in driving widespread behavioral change, which is fundamental for the development of new business models in the circular economy of the new millennium.