Ai Weiwei in the Sci-Fi Short Film “The Sand Storm”

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   Nedjelja, 14 Rujan 2014 13:05

Jason Wishnow, the filmmaker responsible for the motivational and inspiring TED talks, presents a sci-fi short film about a dystopian future where water is scarce. “The Sand Storm” features Chinese artist Ai Weiwei as a water smuggler, but the controversy surrounding the film is nearly as exciting as the short. The Kickstarter-funded project has been outwardly criticized by the Chinese artist for using his likeness and name to promote the film – with the written complaint available for public viewing. Saying, “You are engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct by soliciting to raise funds for a film which purports to ‘star’ Ai Weiwei, however Ai Weiwei has not entered into any agreement or release permitting you to use his image in said film.” Regardless, the film remains up for public consumption as two art mediums clash in a singular project.

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