SYMBIOSIS competition
The 2017 Symbiosis Films
You can view them all here!
On opening night of the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival in New York, 6 filmmakers and 6 scientists were randomly paired and sent off into the city to begin filmmaking. The only prompt offered to each pair was to focus their film on the theme: HYBRID-IDENTITY.

At festival's end, all films were screened and awards were given by Science Sandbox | Simons Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Konsanant Music and Adorama. We've collected the films below, for your viewing pleasure!

We all have a biological identity - a genetic hardware that can not be easily changed. About half of Drosophila's brain is dedicated to vision. What they can see, is who they are. What about us?

Optic Identity (Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen, Janne Pulkkinen & Huayi Wei)
NEMATODE - Network Reconstruction Of Nematode Symbionts -RUNNER-UP

Some parasitic nematodes have an endosymbiosic relationship with the bacteria Wolbachia. In Nematodes, we reconstruct this symbiotic relationship and break it down, finding ourselves at the model's writhing core.

Nematode (Peter Burr & Alexandra Grote)

A film about the phenomena of particle wave duality.

"The columns resemble the double split experiment that Feynman describes so well in his lecture. Therefore inspired by the rhythm of Feynman's voice and the incredible space based, I based my dance movements off the Schrodinger equation which is a mathematical equation that describes the changes over time of a physical system in which quantum effects, such as wave–particle duality, are significant." - Merritt Moore

"When I heard that the theme for the Imagine Science film competition would be Identity-Hybrid, I recalled how the Argentinean author Borges quoted Heraclitus: "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man". - Inés Vogelfang

Duality (Inés Vogelfang & Merritt Moore)

Where a cloud ends and "the cloud" begins is a place not for the faint hearted. A journey into the science and philosophy of the nature of our relationship to clouds today.

I, Cloud (Brett Ryan Bonowicz & Campbell Watson)

What difference do you see between these ashes and the dust of the Milky Way? This film navigates between different textures that are part of nature: water, roots, tree bark. Because of the disparate scales, these things are shown in an abstract way. The movement of these elements in concert are what informs the identity of earth in progress.

In Between We Are (Giulia Grossmann & Ramin Rahni)

What lengths would you be willing to go, to medically change your personality?

Figuration (Macha Rose & Joel Simon)
To read more about the Symbiosis Competition, which we do annually at our NY and Paris festivals, check out this page!
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