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ByDesign 2023 Uncanny Me + Our Ark [Hybrid]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Mar 18, 2023 7:30 PM
Event timezone is America/Los_Angeles
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ByDesign 2023 Uncanny Me + Our Ark [Hybrid]
Watch in person: Mar. 18 at 7:30pm

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

*** Public safety notice ***

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

Katharina Pethke & Christoph Rohrscheidt
Festival - ByDesign Festival 2023 [Hybrid]

About Uncanny Me:
(Katharina Pethke & Christoph Rohrscheidt, Germany, 2022, 45 min, in English & German with English subtitles)

Lale is a hard-working photo model. She spends all her time creating a robotic form of perfection, and on her way between photo sessions and hotel rooms, she wonders if there is still any space left for the real Lale.

But now shes discovered a way to get more freedom, she explains to her mother. She can get her body scanned to create a digital clone that can also become a model in the virtual world.
But what if this avatar starts living a life of its own? Before leaping into the abyss, she decides to find out more about the moral and other implications. The tension between reality and illusion returns at various levels throughout this exploratory merging of documentary and science fiction  both in the form of the film itself, with its amalgamation of realism, video diary, fashion photography and sleek futurism  and in its efforts to define identity within our present relationship to technology.

Is reality still important? The digital masks and gorgeous images of nature evoke a mysterious, dreamlike quality. Lale stands on the threshold of the metaverse.

About Our Ark:
(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.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at maria@nwfilmforum.org

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