What WEEE Are – WEEE Cutter Ants | Screening: Everyday Technology

Video art
  • Thu 19.May @ 14:00 - 15:00
  • Fri 20.May @ 16:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 21.May @ 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sun 22.May @ 17:00 - 18:00
Screening room | Main venue

WHAT WEEE ARE is an ongoing multifaceted sociocultural multimedia project searching the deeper meanings of the world. A quest through waste and feelings and the richness of the earth, trying to untangle the intricacy of human, so called, society. Questions rooted deep inside ourselves which have been forgotten, traded in for a superficial world of dull bureaucracy, sexy images, cheap thrills and high tech. But what we really are is yet beyond our knowledge and despite all the civilization that has been built in the name of progress and growth, society is falling to pieces leaving nothing more than a toxic wasteland. As the Phoenix arose from its own ashes, will humanity also rise from its own waste? This everlasting cosmogony is represented in WHAT WEEE ARE a collection of sculptures in which electronic waste is turned into disturbing insects, a means to deeper thoughts.

Duration: 2:12 min

ARTISTS


Alessio De Marchi (IT)

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 now student in International Sciences at Univesity of Torino. Since 2014, he has started up the WHAT WEEE ARE project, which brings together all his experiences. 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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