ByDesign [Online] 2020 – Hidden w/ Space Needle: A Hidden History

This event took place on Mar 18, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Showtime listed is Pacific Standard Time.



ByDesign Festival 2020 is STREAMING ONLINE! Northwest Film Forum’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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Miguel Baratta
1h 10m


** Presented in partnership with Henry Art Gallery’s In Plain Sight exhibition **

Inspired by abuses in Argentina’s dictatorial past but maintaining a global perspective, Hidden highlights the art of suppressed personal ideologies, experiences, and memories. Director Miguel Baratta dissects the morphology of design and the potential to resurrect hidden stories through physical objects—from the bones of victims of the Mapuche genocide to the remnants of songs written by Holocaust prisoners. Hidden opens windows into the past while considering the possibilities of art to transcend oppression in the future.

Screens with Space Needle: A Hidden History

(B. J. Bullert, US, 2019, 18 min)

Space Needle: A Hidden History unfolds like a mystery to create a new origin story of this icon of the region, tracing the creative inspiration for the Needle’s shape back to a wooden sculpture called “The Feminine One.” The film connects dance, art, and architecture, and explores the creative legacies of architect Victor Steinbrueck and Seattle-born African-American dancer, Syvilla Fort.

Trailer >

About B. J. Bullert:

About B. J. Bullert:

B. J. Bullert grew up in Seattle, the youngest of four, the daughter of a civil engineer and a stay-at-home mom.

She never imagined being a filmmaker – her mom wanted her to be a flight attendant or a bank teller, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, she went to college at The Evergreen State College, and then to Boston University where she studied with historian Howard Zinn and philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre.

She later went on to earn a M.Litt. from Oxford in politics. During her history of ideas studies at Oxford, she perceived how insular the academic world could be as hard-working scholars wrote for small audiences of peers, disconnected from the larger world where US proxy wars were killing tens of thousands in central America and apartheid reigned in South Africa.

She switched directions away from academia and discovered the fun, potential and pitfalls of documentary film making.

In the 1980s, she co-produced two films with a fellow filmmaker John de Graaf – God and Money (PBS 1986) and then Circle of Plenty (PBS stations 1987). Then, after hitting a fundraising wall, she returned to university for a doctorate. While in grad school, she produced and directed Earl Robinson Ballad of an American (1995).

With doctorate in hand, she taught at Muhlenberg College and American University, and was awarded a Shorenstein Fellowship at Harvard. Then she returned to the Pacific Northwest.

Back home, she produced several documentaries with a regional focus: Alki: Birthplace of Seattle (1998), Chief Seattle (2001), a short film, Space Needle at 40 (2002), pair of films about Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal (2005 & 2015), Everett DuPen: Sculptor (2007) and Dancing Lives (2013). For more information, visit

Since 2007, she has been on the Core Faculty at Antioch University, Seattle.

About Shamim M. Momin

About Shamim M. Momin

Shamim M. Momin is the Senior Curator at the Henry Art Gallery. Prior to joining the Henry in 2018, she was director, curator, and co-founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a nonprofit public art organization committed to curating site- and situation-specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond. Previously, Momin served for more than ten years at the Whitney Museum of American Art, co-curating the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and overseeing the Contemporary Projects series. In her role as Branch Director at Altria, the Whitney’s midtown space, she commissioned more than 50 contemporary projects. In Plain Sight is Shamim’s first large-scale exhibition curated at the Henry.

Photo: Shamim M. Momin, Senior Curator at the Henry Art Gallery, seated within Sadie Barnette’s installation, Room to Live (2019). Courtesy of the Henry Art Gallery.

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