Only three more sleeps until Mothe City opens its doors in Dublin’s RDS. Whatever the weather, there will be eight stages and spaces to keep revelers entertained. Aside from live music, DJs, conversations and spoken word, there’s going to be some incredible installations for ya’ll to enjoy.
In the Main Hall there will be an installation created by James Earley, as commissioned by one of Metropolis’ creative partners, Bulmers. Early is an active member of the street art community and hails from a long line of stained glass artists. The installation itself has been inspired by electronic music and the movement of dance. The artist’s creative backgrounds are represented visually within the piece, through his use of backlit perspex along with other types of material to create a sense of depth and visual intrigue.
The Do LaB is also making its way to Dublin. The Do LaB is one of the most exciting companies to come out of L.A., specialising in interactive environments and creative lighting design. Using natural materials, found objects and sustainable resources, they have been involved in some fantastically innovative designs. They will be creating a bespoke, colourful and interactive installation at Metropolis – you won’t want to miss it!
Absolut Vodka is bringing the world’s largest 3D mesmerising alternating light sculpture, the Cubatron, to our shores for the very first time.
The Cubatron is a live illumination of 6,720 lights, 40 feet wide X 10 feet high and will be the central feature of the Absolut Electrik Bar at Metropolis. This visual spectacle was created by Mark Lottor for the biggest party in the world, Burning Man and it’s live pulsating display of vibrant colour, with each bulb changing at a rate of up to 50 times per second, produces stunning patterns and sequences. It has been included in the list of the 12 Coolest Burning Man Art Installations and its visit to Metropolis will be the first chance for an Irish audience to experience this visual treat.
Is there more? Of course! The Algorithm, a creative production agency who bring to life vivid works of art through striking stage designs tailored to any environment is coming, too. Established in 2012, is based in Dublin and hosts talents such as Slipdraft and Kevin A Freeney. Working with cutting edge technology, they specialise in projection mapping, content animation and concept realisation. They have been commissioned by POD and Hidden Agenda to design and produce the visuals for the Shelbourne Hall and Serpentine Room Stages. Throughout the festival the Algorithm team will be projection mapping their hand built facade for the Shelbourne Hall and mixing bespoke animations while syncing tailor made video content for some of the biggest names in electronic music on both of the stages. Their aim is to bring the audience to a higher level of experiencing sound and vision, whilst at the same time making the musicians feel that their visual aesthetic is being curated to its fullest.
The unrivalled Arcadia Spectacular will be paying a visit to the grounds of the RDS, too. Arcadia rework discarded military machinery and industrial components – turning them into dance arenas. The Arcadia experience unifies every element into a vivid and breath-taking sensory matrix. They fuse sculpture, architecture, theatre, circus, robotics, engineering, lightning, music and cutting edge technology together to create some of the most exciting stages on show today. They will be bringing their amazing interactive stage The Afterburner to Metropolis. Prepare for a 360 degree, fully rigged stage built from recycled materials, with a central, flaming spire above the DJ booth. It radiates light, while spiralling arms reach INTO the crowd, creating multi-level dance platforms and layered spatial dynamics.