Hot Docs is just around the corner and this year Subtle Technologies is excited to be co-presenting one of the films in the festival. Allison de Fren’s Mechanical Bride ( an homage to Marshall Mcluhan’s book ) explores the cultural desire to design the perfect artificial woman. The film travels from the classic early science fiction images of the fembot to the present day reality of the love doll industry which is embracing the latest technologies in terms of robotics and material science . The film takes an intimate look at both the customers and makers in this industry.
The documentary evolved out of the research Allison De Fren did for her dissertation. “The Exquisite Corps : Disarticulations of the Artificial Female” explored representations of artificial female bodies, from the Renaissance to the present. De Fren’s fascination with men who build artificial women was sparked when she worked as an interactive digital designer with mostly male roboticists at a Silicon Valley “think tank”
The film plays :
Sun, Apr 29 11:30 PM at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Mon, Apr 30 9:00 PM at the Cumberland 3 Cinema
Sun, May 6 9:00 PM at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Tickets for Mechanical Bride are available on the Hot Doc website here.