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  • August 15-23
$Free – 25

Presented by:

  • Northwest Film Forum

  • Northwest Film Forum presents an interdisciplinary film program and interactive community vision board collectively contemplating the poetry of pace, process, and performance in how we relate to our built and natural environments. From a foundation of improvisation and biomimetic ideation, these films invite us to slow down and prioritize care in the doing, serving as vignettes of a more collaborative, connected, community-centered way of life to benefit generations to come.


    The application of models and systems found in nature to human design is called biomimicry. Biomimetic ideation and adaptation have enriched the diversity of our designs for daily life, giving us novel approaches to architecture, art, programming, and urban planning.

    We invite you to seek out some of your favorite natural/biological phenomena, whether interpreted by human art or science or simply found in their raw, wonderful, natural form, and contribute them to an interactive Biomimetic Blueprint. The community board accepts a wide range of media, from web links, to drawings, writing, videos, and images, and we encourage you to submit in any and all media that speak to you!

    Your own artistic and scientific response to your phenomenon of choice is very welcome here: if your biomimetic response to the migratory flight paths of birds, the polarity of planetary magnetospheres, or cellular biology takes the form of physical movement, sound collage, or installation art, all interpretations are welcome.

    (Jeff Frost, US, 2019, 2 min)

    Jeff Frost’s video study of a living mural painting breathes a vibrant essence of potential into an otherwise familiarly stark space, crafting a durational optical illusion.

    (Heidi Duckler, US, 2019, 10 min)

    Dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Heidi Duckler’s work captures dancers moving through the seasons in mirrored relationship with a public garden landscape, searching for the first bloom.

    (Caroline Alder and Damien Faure, France, 2018, 59 min)

    The Open City (Ciudad Abierta) is a utopian community just north of Valparaiso, founded by Chilean architect Alberto Cruz and Argentinian poet Godofredo Iommi. Formed in 1971 using an epic poem as their collaborative manifesto, Ciudad Abierta continues to attract those seeking an alternative pace aligned with nature. Architect Caroline Alder narrates this contemplative film, guiding us through the coastal environment that inspired its eccentric architectural landscape and habitable spaces for commune and rest. Here, she says, “where time becomes poetic,” is the land of Amereida.

    In an interview with Curbed, Alder states: “The anthropocene is today subjecting us to a heavy test in which we are suffering the climatic and social consequences that we ourselves have caused due to this rhythm in which human beings have done and continue to do without thinking, without measuring the consequences of what they do. In this context, this film is an invitation to take the time to reflect on how we conceive architecture, how we understand a territory, how we inhabit a continent, [and] how we inhabit the world.”

    Sliding scale admission: $0–25


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    The film program will remain available for viewing to all registrants throughout the festival. The platform will allow viewers to pause and return to each film in the showcase as their schedule allows. A Poetics of Living is in Spanish with English subtitles. The other two short films feature music without spoken word.