Children of the Singularity: Screening

At the start of the 21st century, hippies turned Silicon Valley CEOs promised nothing but science-fiction inspired improvements to humankind. Consolidations of power have rendered these ideals dystopian, but the resulting technical infrastructure will continue to condition behavior, social values, and economic survivability for generations to come.

Children of the Singularity by artist and filmmaker Megan May Daalder is a short documentary series that invites young people to push back against any singular story of “progress.” Using sci-fi sensibilities and a verite documentary style, Children of the Singularity encourages young people to question the forces that shape pervasive digital technologies, and imagine alternative futures. Through intergenerational dialogues and reflective interviews, each episode challenges parents and youth to work through the dissonance between ideals, realities, and blind spots. By linking technological futures with personal histories, Children of the Singularity opens a larger conversation about interdependence in an era of atomization.

NAVEL invites you to the premiere of Children of the Singularity followed by a Q&A with director Megan May Daalder. Leading up to the screening, Daalder will host an intergenerational workshop on June 23 that uses the series to initiate playful and complex dialogues between parents and youth (from age 11 & up).

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The workshop will take place on June 23 from 11AM-1PM at NAVEL. FREE with RSVP.

Megan May Daalder is an artist and documentarian questioning social relationships to emerging technologies and entrenched power structures. Her videos and performances have been exhibited internationally and her installation The Mirrorbox won multiple awards including top prize at the WRO Media Arts Biennale and the People’s Choice award at the Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society. The project was featured on Scientific American and studied as a “novel tool for modulating self-other perception” at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, in collaboration with neuroscientist Sook-Lei Lieu.

Ava Benjamin Shorr is a Director of Photography who also happens to be a transgender woman. She was raised by a Mormon mother and a Jewish father in Portland, Oregon. Her early passion for cinematography was stoked by skateboarding videos and art-house cinema. She has shot music videos, commercials, and documentaries for a variety of clients, and has three features in post-production.

Image by Ava Benjamin Shorr