WHAT WEEE ARE - WEEE Cutter Ants wins 2nd Prize at the 

2018 China International Contest of Popular Science Works 

China Science and Technology Museum Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sunday, September 16th, 2018 
2018 China International Contest of Popular Science Works - CICPSW

   On Sunday September 16th 2018, the founder and director of WHAT WEEE ARE held a speech at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing. The presentation illustrated the creative process behind WHAT WEEE ARE animation shorts: waste collected on the curbside, is disassembled and creatively transformed into creatures, which then, through stop motion animation, become impactful videos such as WEEE Cutter Ants. 

   The jury commented : "what at a first glance appears to be a video about ants, at a closer look, reveals that the characters are actually robots created with pieces of electronic waste. The robotic ants then build a world, thus expressing the global relevance of the issues related to technological waste."

   The director of WHAT WEEE ARE deeply appreciated the jury's aknowledgment and pointed out that the video production is no budget and no money was invested. The only investment made has been in time, it is calculated that it takes a team of two about 150 hours to make one minute of video, adding up to 300 man/hours per minute of video. The videos are conceived as a narration of the alchemical process of transformation of the dark matter into a precious resource for future generations, thus the videos are also a means to spread awareness over the environmental and societal issues related to sub standard e-waste recycling. The core concept of the WHAT WEE ARE project is, in fact, education. Educating new generations to resource wise production and consumption is key to sustainable development.

Winning the 2nd prize at the 2018 China International Contest of Popular Science Works was a great honor. This experience in Beijing, China represents a milestone in the development of WHAT WEEE ARE.

Thank you.