ByDesign 2023 A New POV: Short Film Program [Hybrid]
Watch in person:
Mar. 18 at 6pm & Mar. 19 at 7:30pm
$14 General Admission
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Festival - ByDesign Festival 2023 [Hybrid]
These imaginative, lovingly crafted shorts take on the POV of objects, materials, and edifices around us, imbuing them with hopes and regrets, dreams and purpose.
Films in the program:
(Webster Crowell, US, 2021, 2 min, nonverbal)
The architecture of the urban world, while responsive and living in its own right, is not necessarily hospitable.
Aurora The Street That Wanted To Be a River
(Radhi Meron, Brazil, 2021, 10 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)
If the streets could talk, what would they say? Aurora is a sad and lonely street of a big city. On a rainy day, she remembers her trajectory and dreams about the future, asking herself: Is it possible for a street to die?
(Meghan Ho-Tong, Lucienne Bestall & Matty Roodt, South Africa, 2021, 7 min, in English)
Shot at a modernist Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) in South Africa, Choruss fictional narrative frees it from historical specificity, opening up the churchs otherworldly structure and landscape to creative reinvention. The films narration recalls how the voices of a congregation became autonomous from the bodies that spoke them, and occupied the building with their song.
Ecstatic femme voices lead a dissent, gathering in the upper reaches of the spire. This haunting of disembodied, spectral sopranos becomes a collective voice of resistance that throws into sharp relief the ideologies that disavowed their nonfictional speakers.
House of Existence (Jon-Jae-Ui Jib)
(Joung Yumi, South Korea, 2022, 8 min)
There it is, the house, drawn in pencil. Its starting to fall apart. The bricks come loose from the wall, the front door falls off its hinges and the walls break away. Everything sinks into endless nothingness. Rooms become visible. Furniture shatters, objects fall to the floor and the roof slides off. Melancholy and the opportunity to leave are all that remains.
Papagalo, Whats the Time?
(Ingel Vaikla, Belgium, 2022, 4 min)
An exploration of the architecture of the former Yugoslavian pavilion from the Brussels World Expo (1958) in its current function as Sint-Pauluscollege.
(Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton, US & Netherlands, 2021, 13 min, in English)
Now that it is technologically possible, there is an effort to capture every facet of our world as a virtual simulacrum. Everything from forests, to monuments, to everyday objects such as garbage bags can be scanned in three dimensions to be digitally archived.
As if it were possible to back up the planet, and as if that would stave off ecological collapse, we are feverishly creating a digital Noahs Ark to be populated by 3D models of animals, rainforests, cities and people.
In this video essay, Deniz Tortum and Kathryn Hamilton pose complex philosophical questions about the limits of this consuming desire to document and record the planet, and what humanity risks losing as we stand on the brink of environmental collapse.
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