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May 6

Seattle, WA

The Future is Zero

Experience an audience talk-back with the creators of the experimental art project "The Future is Zero"—Seattle's own technicolor DIY game show.

Join Seattle Obscura Society for a viewing of "The Future is Zero" followed by an exclusive 45-minute post-performance talkback with its creators. Hear from the show's crew of creatives, including set designers, animators, and more, on the inspiration behind The Future and its evolution.
While watching endless reruns of Hollywood Squares and Supermarket Sweep during a wet Seattle winter, Claire Buss and Kat O'Hara came up with the idea to make a technicolor game show set in the living room of their house. What began as an eccentric DIY art project has blossomed into a fully functional, multi-camera television show hosted at Northwest Film Forum.
"The Future is Zero" is a satirical, live game show filmed in front of a studio audience. During the show, three Seattle-area artists compete in bizarre games like “Get the TV to Work” and “High-Rise Condo or New Age Band?”. Come to an episode of "The Future Is Zero," and you might see contestants launch multicolored pancakes over audience heads into vibrant oversized mouths for points, or crowd into a cash swirl booth built to the dimensions of a Seattle micro-apartment to collect “rent” in a minute’s time. Hosted by outrageous celebrity hotshot persona Clay Buff, "The Future is Zero" weaves together biting social commentary and imaginative visuals for an experience you won't soon forget. 


  • This event is best suited for audiences that are 18+.
  • Your ticket price gains you entry to the show ($15 value) and access to the creators for the 45-minute post-show audience talk back session. 
  • Show starts at 8 p.m. We highly recommend arriving by 7:30 to secure seating. Northwest Film Forum has general (no reserved) seating.
  • After the show, there will be a 15-minute break before reconvening for the post-show.

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