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Wed, Jun 23


Jamie Hurd Amphitheater, West Des Moines

Sapient_2.021 Film Premiere

Celebrate Art Week with Interdisciplinary Artist Amenda Tate and the City of West Des Moines for a FREE family-friendly screening of the short film Sapient_2.021 exploring what it means to be human in a tech-saturated world.

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Sapient_2.021 Film Premiere
Sapient_2.021 Film Premiere

Time & Location

Jun 23, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater, West Des Moines, 4100 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265, USA

About the Event

Sapient 2.021 is an experimental short film by Amenda Tate exploring what it means to be human in a tech-saturated world. This work is part collaborative documentary and part screen dance. It draws inspiration from science fiction combining Tate’s motion-controlled painting robot with dance and visual art to examine ideas surrounding labor, control, empathy, and human rights in the wake of 2020. Much of the film was shot in the beautiful setting of the Des Moines Civic Center and Stoner Theater thanks to a partnership with Des Moines Performing Arts.

The work commemorates the 100th anniversary of the word “robot” introduced to the English language through the play R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek. This project is supported by the Iowa Arts Council a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This screening is made FREE to the public through a partnership with the City of West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department. If you’d like to contribute to this project, tax-deductible donations can be made at: Funds will be used to off-set production costs and provide screening opportunities throughout Iowa. A limited number of VIP reserved seating spaces are available for donors of $100 or more.

Socially distanced outdoor pod seating for groups of 4-6 will be marked on the lawn with painted circles. Please bring blankets or chairs for seating. Masks are highly encouraged.


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