ByDesign 2023 Uncanny Me + Our Ark [Hybrid]
Watch in person: Mar. 18 at 7:30pm
$14 General Admission
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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.
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